August 8, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

Greetings this beautiful day. We're all scattering to the day's work this morning, after a good breakfast and a leisurely devotional and family time. For a switch nothing is demanding we hurry, hurry. Second cutting hay is baled and stored away in the barn, garden work is current, today looks like an odds and ends day. Marlin's shoeing a horse, Jared's working on turkey feeders for pasture pens, Adrian's getting waterers hooked up for the same pens, and Jon's planning some pasture improvements and cover crops for this fall. 

 

Emma's doing laundry, Savannah's in charge of morning house work, Josiah and Loria are cleaning up the kitchen after breakfast and I mixed up a batch of bread and now I'm writing.I'll probably spend the day sewing.

 

With the coming of August it's time to think about school clothes, supplies, lunch box packing, and a change of routine. Also, canning and freezing lots of garden goodness, cutting wood for winter, and starting the process of getting animal shelters, bedding, etc. ready for winter.

 

We've got a good suppl of tomatoes, lettuce, and green beans for the farm store. Also, some peppers and squash. I'm disappointed again with the problem of peaches. Either they're sprayed or they're in short supply. Looks like we'll be doing with out.

 

Our family reunion is rescheduled for Aug. 17th, so we will not be coming to market that Saturday. Please mark your calendars. You may come to the farm store (8-1 Sat.), or you may come to Fort Ben market Thurs. the 15th from 4-7 pm. Thank you for being willing to work with us on this!

 

 

Specials this week are:

Wings and legs quarters.....$3.50/lb

Chuck Roast ......$8.00

 

  Pies:                                                                                 Black Raspberry Crumble                                                   coconut Cream pie                                                   Zucchini Sugar Cream Pie 

 

Thanks for your interest in Homestead Heritage and sustainable, farming!

Lucinda Gingerich @

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. For farm store shoppers, we found organic tomatoes at the market, and bargained for a box full for the store. Come check them out. They're delicious. I'm going to try to get a steady supply????

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

July 31, 2019

 

Greetings,

This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it..... surely we rejoice today, while it rained such a nice gentle rain. We got nearly an inch and there's hardly a puddle. The whole world seems to turn green before my eyes as the thirsty earth soaks it up.

 

The girls picked 3 buckets full of green beans while I did the laundry this morning. Then we sat inside and watched it rain while stemming and snapping them. We have 35 qts canned and cooling, plus some to eat fresh. I feel blessed. The first sweet corn will be ripe soon, the blackberries are turning, the melons and squash look good, yum. The flavors of summer.

 

Tomorrow is another chicken processing day, so I need to be planning a big breakfast and a big lunch. The girls are sanitizing chill tanks now, while the boys finish chores. We need to get done early tonight. With a busy weekend behind us, we need a good night's rest to catch up.

 

I'm sitting here momentarily distracted from writing, watching the pigs rush around and explore their new quarters. The boys just gave them a fresh paddock and they're celebrating. They get a new one every two days, and the pigs celebrate every time. It's hilarious watching them. I never knew pigs could be so much fun to watch, but this summer the're over here in my line of vision from the house and I find myself pausing to watch. They roll, squeal, squabble, and lumber, then follow their nose to something to eat! Though not exactly graceful, they're surprisingly nimble, and though they won't win any beauty pageants, they sure put a smile on your face.

 

Jon and the boys have more hay to cut later this week once the rain clears. With all the rain this spring the hay crop is huge. That's a good thing with a growing dairy herd. The boys spent the day with fixing and repairing things in the shop, while Jon went to town this morning and spent the afternoon at his desk. A rainy day was needed!

 

I'm trying to find some "less sprayed" peaches with a decent flavor for sale in the store. The certified organic farm that I scouted our last summer lost all of theirs to a freeze this spring. Sigh. So I'm still looking. They do think they'll be having apples this fall though, so that's great.

 

Specials this week are:

Eggs........4 or more doz. $4.00/doz.

Wings and legs quarters.....$3.50/lb

Chuck Roast ......$8.00

Fresh Whole Chicken   (on farm only)                              Pies:                                                                                 Black Raspberry Crumble                                                   Maple Syrup Pecan                                                             Zucchini  Cream Pie (It was such a hit I'm doing it again!)

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable, farming.

Bless You,

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. For farm store shoppers, we found organic tomatoes at the market, and bargained for a box full for the store. Come check them out. They're delicious. I'm going to try to get a steady supply????

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

 

 

July 24, 2019

Hello Friends,

Greetings this happy day...I'm sitting on the deck enjoying the evening...waiting on the guys to finish chores. Marlin had a series of hold ups and break downs here on the home farm so once the others got back from the dairy, they headed out to help him finish.

 

We are all enjoying the break in the warm weather. The girls and I spent the day sewing. Well probably do the same tomorrow. Kathryn and the kids were here for the day, Kathryn needed help with Caleb's pants pattern. Josiah and Loria hitched up the pony and took the little ones for a ride. Caleb loves that pony!

 

We're finally eating squash and cucumbers from the garden. With the late start everything is slow. The garden looks much better now, so maybe it will make up for lost time.

 

Savannah's 13th birthday happens this week and Emma has an order for 2 cakes, so she's going to be doing plenty of decorating this week.This is the first time she does one for an order. She's excited. I had to smile to watch her planning the details. Personally, I can not fathom decorating 3 cakes in one week and enjoying it, but obviously talents are not all the same and that's a good thing. 

 

Jon and I are planning to go to a church about 2 hrs from here this weekend. A friend asked us to go with a group he's getting together. It means a long weekend with market on Saturday and a long day on Sunday, but we always enjoy visiting other congregations. It's kind of an Amish tradition, to visit friends and family when they're hosting church services. Many times ministers are asked to go along, because everyone enjoys hearing the gospel from a different voice. Youth go to other congregations a lot as well, in fellowship with other youth groups. That's how Jon and I met years ago.

 

I really need to sign off. We're trying to get to bed early tonight. Jon and Marlin are getting up at 3:30 in the morning to load chickens for processing. Adrian's cutting more hay tomorrow, plus there's straw to bale for bedding. another busy day on the farm.

 

Specials this week are:

Eggs........4 or more doz. $4.00/doz.

Chicken legs quarters.....$3.50/lb 

Whole cut up chicken......$3.50/lb                                      Fresh Chicken                                                                    Pies:                                                                                  Blueberry Sour Cream                                                      Walnut Molasses                                                                Zucchini  Cream Pie

 

(Yes, you read that right!) A texture like a pumpkin pie and an almost sugar cream flavor, just a hint of squash with cinnamon and nutmeg on top. You need to try it. A student brought me a slice years ago when I was teaching, it took me years to find a recipe and perfect it. Now if we have plenty of zucchini, I make it every summer.

 

Well also be bringing salad greens, cilantro, and the last of the blueberries.

 

See you at the market!

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

July 19, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We have blueberries on the menu,( while supplies).These berries are very sweet & delicious.

1 qt.  $10.

10 # box $49

Please let us know if you want a box brought to the market.
Specials this week are:

Eggs........4 or more doz. $4.00/doz.

Chicken legs quarters.....$3.50/lb 

Chicken wings......$3.50/lb

 

 

See you at the market!

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

July 17, 2019

Good morning!

This is a first -- writing a newsletter at 6:00 A.M. while the girls and Jon do morning chores. By 7:00 we need to be finished, because we're going to the lake today. The blueberries are ripe, so we're going up to Mishawaka to pick, so we thought we'd continue up to Lake Michigan for the day.

 

Amanda and Anthony are here for a week, so we're trying to cram as many things in as possible! It's been a busy one, for sure. Mom and Dad came to spend the day with us yesterday so we certainly enjoyed that. Dad and Jon replaced a basement door that needed fixing, and the boys did a bunch of odd jobs, then we took a long lunch break and just visited.

 

Amanda and I baked a bunch of bread and froze it. She has church at her house soon so we thought we'd get a jump on food for that. We have a fellowship meal after church every Sunday. Very low key, just sandwiches, coffee and cookies, hence the bread.

 

We had family night with Jon's family Monday evening. The boys set up a volleyball net and twisted a couple uncle's arms to play. (They really didn't have to twist too hard.) The grandchildren are growing up and it's surprising how well volleyball goes.

 

We have a community fish fry this weekend. Another school fund raiser. This is a big one -- we usually feed about 1300 people. Tomorrow we need to do a bunch of baking and preparing for that.

 

We'll be coming to markets as usual this weekend. We're all negotiating for a weekend to reschedule the family reunion, but for now it's markets as usual. Reminds me of a nursery rhyme I learned as a child: " to market, to market, to buy a fat hog..." I'd better sign off. I need to get breakfast on the table and final details for the day ahead done.


Specials this week are:

Eggs........4 or more doz. $4.00/doz.

Chicken legs quarters.....$3.50/lb 

Chicken wings......$3.50/lb

 

 

See you at the market!

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

July 10, 2019

Hello!

Strange but true, our week end plans have been cancelled so we will be coming to market as usual!

 

Due to my brother-in-law's Mom's sudden passing, my family and siblings and I are going to a funeral instead....so our family reunion plans have been postponed. 

 

We will bring plenty of milk to Ft. Ben market so if you want to come there, that's fine. But yes, we will be at Binford Market and Tractor's Supply as usual.

 

Specials this week are:

Turkey Breast.....6.50/# 

Eggs........4 or more doz. $4.00/doz.

Fresh Whole Chicken   (on farm only)

 

See you at the market!

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

July 3, 2019


Dear Friends,

Greetings to you this warm day. We're all plugging along through the heat, doing what just has to be done and leaving the rest go for another day!

 

Jon, the kids, Leona and Debra processed 200 chickens this morning while I ran to the school to help clean and then rushed back home in time to open the store. This afternoon we just sort of tinkered on odd jobs that don't require a lot of physical effort.

 

Marlin is considering going to a horse progress show in IL this weekend...provided there's nothing here on the farm screaming for attention. The guys are trying to think it all through.

 

The girls and I are trying to get some sewing done. Seems sewing patiently waits while other things shout. But eventually that will come back to bite me! So it must be done.

 

Emma and Savannah made peanut butter chocolate, banana popsicles. An odd childhood treat that they resurrected for a warm day. Supper is going to be a main dish potato salad with chorizo and sour cream. Cold and not too heavy on a warm day. We thought about Kombucha/ice cream floats but our ice cream machine needs another 12 hrs in the freezer to fully refreeze from the last use. That idea will keep for another warm day.

 

Neighbor Jerry is done planting! Praise God! Adrian's been helping him at every opportunity, and Jerry's son-in-law helps, too, so crops are in at last. The chickens should have food for another winter.

 

We're trying to get our ducks in a row for our family reunion. Finding some one to take care of the animals, planning food to take along (we all bring food to make things easier on Mom),  planning activities, sleeping arrangements, etc. We're all looking forward to it.

 

In case you missed it last week, mark your calendars for July 13th. We will not be at the market. For this week, the 7th is business as usual.

 

Today is Adrian's 20th birthday. Hard to believe, he's not even a teenager anymore. My little boy is truly grown up. I asked him what he wants for his birthday dinner, he shrugged and said he had more important things to think about.....wonder if he's out growing childhood traditions??? As much as I admire my grown up son, my mama's heart can't help but remember the brown eyed boy who  wanted pizza and mashed potatoes! 

 

I must go help the girls finish up the day's chores. We planned a late supper, and a relaxing evening on the deck. We're all in need of a break.

 

Specials this week are:

Huge sale on cut up chicken....save $1.50/lb 

Ground beef .......save $.75/lb

Pies this week are:

triple berry cream pie

coconut cream 

chocolate truffle

 

New on the menu are fresh salads:

Taco

BLT

Blueberry Pecan with grilled chicken

Watch for them at the market.

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

Bless you, 

Lucinda Gingerich  @

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. Ft Ben market is closed tonight (July 4th) so we won't be there.

 

 

 

 

June 26, 2019


Hello,

Greetings to you this beautiful day. Jon has a meeting tonight, so I thought he'd drop this newsletter by Joyce's on his way by. Good idea, except that I haven't yet written it! So I'm attempting to hurry through.

 

Today has been a series of small catch up jobs for the girls and me. Bread baking, cottage cheese making, big batch of granola for hurried summer mornings, mending pants, ever present laundry, and on and on we go... Jon and the boys spent most of the day cutting hay and clipping pastures,( the tedious mid summer job of mowing down what the cows didn't eat on their first spring pass.) Marlin had a horse to shoe and Adrian changed an alternator in the skid steer. Josiah had a slight mishap with a galloping pony and a peach tree limb...he's none the worse for wear except for a torn shirt and a bruised ego!

 

The customer appreciation dinner was so much fun. (As always.) Thanks to all who came.It's always good to see you outside of market and business as usual! We had a beautiful evening , no rain, very few mosquitoes. Thank you Jesus for answered prayers! I agonized about the above problems the whole week! I'm including a few recipes that were requested

 

NOTICE-  WE WILL BE DOING SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL ON JULY 13TH. WE ARE TAKING THE WEEK END OFF, SO WE WON'T BE AT THE MARKET!

I know, what about the milk?! Well, I guess we'll be making butter. Actually, here's the problem: We have our annual family get together at my parents' house that weekend and due to a long chain of events too complicated for this letter, we are either going to have to cut it to less than 24 hours at Grandma's or skip the market....guess how the kids voted?! They are not in favor of nearly missing all the cousins, grandparents, and fun! Marlin crossed his arms and planted his feet and said, " Surely if we can make this work out on the holiday weekends, we can make it work in July!" So here's our plan: We will extend our Friday and Saturday farm store hours until 7:00 pm on Friday and 2:00 pm on Saturday to give you a chance to make it to the farm for milk. Also, be aware that we are now doing the Ft. Ben farmer's market on Thursday evening, so you could possibly slip over and pick up your milk there. We have plenty of eggs in stock, so we'll try to bring extra the week prior and after so you can stock up. So mark your calendar for the 13th , and thanks so much for your understanding and co-operation!

 

I'm going  to have to cut this short in order to include recipes. Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable farming. 

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

Turkey Sausage Patties

2# ground turkey

2 Tablespoons lard, or oil of your choice

2 Tablespoons milk

1/2 cup quick oats

2 teaspoons ground sage

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon pepper

2 Tablespoons onion flake or 1 teaspoon onion powder

Mix, let set 30 min, for oats to absorb liquid. Shape into patties and fry in lard  or grill. They handle better if shaped then refrigerated 2-12 hrs.

 

Brownie Dessert Cake

2/3 cup butter 

1 1/2 cup sucanat (or sugar of your choice.)

1/4 cup water

2 cups chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup flour 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Bring butter, sucanat, and water to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in 2 cups choc. chips until melted. Cool slightly, 5 min.Beat in eggs one at a time until thoroughly blended. Add vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients. Spread in a well greased 9x13 pan. Bake @ 325 for 35-40 min. until tooth pick comes out clean. Optional, sprinkle a handful of choc. chips o top of batter before baking.

Topping:

1 cup organic sugar

2 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin

2 1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cup sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup cream (whipped to equal about 3 cups)

Combine sugar, gelatin, and water, heat over low heat until completely dissolved. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, or egg white consistency. Watch closely as it changes rapidly at this point. Meanwhile, beat cream with a hand beater until thick, fluffy peaks form. Beat the gelatin mixture smooth, then add cream and beat well. Spoon mixture over baked, cooled, brownie and refrigerate to set, about 2 hours. Best made the day before, cut in squares and allowed to come to room temp, about 3-4 hrs before serving. Top with berries of your choice. I used sweetened strawberries, but raspberries are delicious, too. Or a mixture.

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

June 19, 2019

 

Good day,

 

I'm sitting here writing with the house all to myself, lots of peace and quiet.... strange indeed! Everyone is out and about, busy and productive, while here sits Mom, writing?? Guess that's productive, too in it's own way. I tend to think of this writing thing of mine as a hobby, not a task that must be done.

 

Emma and Savannah are helping Leona with a huge batch of deviled eggs for this weekend's customer appreciation dinner. Jared and Josiah are pounding stakes and running twine through the garden for a tomato trellis. Marlin is readying the brooder for a new batch of chicks, Adrian went to help neighbor Jerry with his field work, and Jon is planting sorghum/sudan grass for an annual grazing crop for dairy cows.

 

The garden is slowly starting to produce something. I had to scratch my head, planning the menu for this year's customer dinner - there's simply nothing ripe yet! In fact, there's barely seeds in the ground. So I'm planning around what I can buy at the farmer's market.

 

I spent last Friday at Amanda's. I took both Grandma's and Leona and went to Amanda's for the day. It was a long day and a lot of driving but it was a good day. Neither Grandma had been to see where she lives, so it was good to be there. Emma came home with us - and no, there's no boyfriend!

 

I'd better go see to supper. It's going to be a simple stir fry and strawberry milkshakes. It's the first really warm day, and too warm to cook- or eat! The next couple days will be full of cooking for the appreciation dinner so I'm sure I'll get my fill of cooking then. For now, I'm going the easy route.

 

A couple notes if you're coming to the dinner. Wear shoes that can accommodate mud. (There's more rain in the forecast.) And bring mosquito repellent. The mosquitoes are terrible right now, with all this rain.

 

Chores start at 4:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:00. So if you'd like a farm tour come at 4:00. If bouncing around on a farm wagon is not your thing, you can come for the dinner at 6:00. bring hats in case of heat, sweaters in case of cold/rain. It's always a little surprising how intense the weather feels when you're out in it. See you there! For those of you who can't make it, there's always a next time, we'll cook for you.

 

Blessings to you, 

Lucinda Gingerich

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

P.S.

Specials this week are:                                                    * Turkey breast ....regular $10.00/lb

 Sale price ...$6.50/lb                                                        * eggs 4 or more $4.00/doz. 

*Chicken leg quarters  save $1.00/lb                                             *New Items:

Chicken thighs and  Drum sticks

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

June 13, 2019

 

Hello Friends, 

Blessings to each of you today. Another busy week on the farm. The sun's shining and we are certainly enjoying it! Last week we were kept busy with hay making. I don't think Jon and the boys made it to bed before 11:30 one night of the week. But it's such a good feeling to see stacks of dry, sweet smelling hay after all that rain.

 

We had a house full of company over the weekend... we wound up with 16 girls in a friend's loft and 11 boys camping in the basement! Amanda and Anthony brought the youth from their church to spend the weekend with the youth here. What started as a handful escalated to nearly thirty! It's been planned for a long time - who dreamed that it would be the week we could finally cut hay?! So the boys were exhausted by Monday, but thoroughly enjoyed their weekend.

 

My garden is finally completely planted and everything looks so much better since the sun's shining. We're picking strawberries. They're not the prettiest berries I've ever seen but they're not terrible considering the weather. At least we have a crop. I was starting to wonder with all that rain.

 

Another interesting turn of events, a cousin from Iowa, named Merle, has moved here to our community. He's a bundle of energy, a barrel of fun, and the boys and he hit it off immediately. He's been coming over several nights a week and he pitches in where ever he can. We were so grateful for him last week! Also, Anthony helped with baling while he was here, so we 'gotter' done eventually.

 

Jonathan is gone tonight on a road trip to Rockville to look at some more dairy cows. Possibly buying several?? Also, picking up more feeder pigs.

 

Emma went home with Amanda for several days, then her Grandmas and I go pick her up on Friday. That way the Grandmas get to see where Amanda lives. The boys told Emma not to come home with a boy friend from Ohio! I had a fit - she's only 16! Marlin looked at me and said "Mother - that's the natural order of things!" I say, "That's beside the point." ( I hope.) One daughter in Ohio is enough.

 

I'm making plans for the customer dinner menu. Usually, I plan around what's ripe in the garden. This year I'm not sure there's going to be anything ripe! So we'll have to change strategies. We have 100 reservations, so we are full and will not be taking any more. Those of you that have reservations, we look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

 

Specials:                                                                             Fresh chicken

*leg quarters save $.75/lb

* T-bone steak save $1.50/lb                                            * eggs 4 or more $4.00/doz.

 

Pies are:

Strawberry rhubarb (last week for this one)                   strawberry                                                                         sugar cream

If you want to reserve a pie, call the store at 765-628-3561, by Friday 2:00 p.m.

 

Blessings on you day,

Lucinda Gingerich

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

 

June 4, 2019

 

Good morning!

Monday morning and I'm writing in the midst of morning chaos. Jon's rushing our the door with his lists, banking, and orders. The boys are planning their day, finally sunshine, now there's a horse to saddle and a  quick ride through hay fields to evaluate ground conditions. Big question, "Can we cut hay?" Feed to grind, chicks to move out to pasture, manure to haul...like I said, "Finally sunshine." Jared remarked last week, "When it finally clears off, there's not going to be time to sleep or eat!" The girls are working on week end piles of laundry, washing eggs, and morning household chores.

 

I don't like to write in the midst of all of that. Interruptions, questions, opinions, none of that goes well with writing!

 

This afternoon I'm going with a group of other ladies to Nappanee. We have a meeting with several other committees from around the state to plan food for the annual teacher's meeting in late July. It's a 2 day seminar for teachers, board members, ministers, anyone involved in or school system. Several committees are formed each year to plan, organize, and orchestrate topics, speakers, lodging, workshops, facilities, food etc. It's a lot of work, but it's vital to our school system. When I was a young teacher I looked forward to those meetings. It's such an enthusiastic shot in the arm, meeting of the minds, from all over the state. This is the first time I've been asked to help. Since we're on our local food committee for fundraisers, we got elected. 

 

We had a scare last Thursday evening. We had a storm come through that was enough to scare even Jon and me. And we don't scare easily! It was enough to send the girls and I to the engine room for safety. ( We were in the store when it hit.) The worst of it was that Jon, Loria, Josiah, and Jared were out in the chicken's wagon. Long story short, when it was all over, no one was hurt, damage was minimal,and other than lots of disheveled people, wagons, pasture pens, and flowers scattered around, nothing was too badly damaged. Frantic prayers answered!

 

In spite of the storm, after 3 days of sunshine and warm wind, it's finally possible to get into my garden. The strawberry plants are rather riddled with hail, but I'm hopeful for the berries. The tomato plants took a real beating. I hope they survive!

 

With haymaking and field work starting this week, the girls and I are planning to make sourdough bread, shortcake, and tortillas for quick grab and go meals this week. I'll probably grill a bunch of burgers, brats, and chicken strips to go with it. With hard boiled eggs, and plenty of fresh veggies and  fruit, yogurt, and milk, we shall not starve, even if we eat on the fly.

 

Specials:

*chicken frames........$1.00/lb   (a 60% savings)

* All chicken breasts ......$1.00/lb off

Pies are:

Strawberry rhubarb

Old fashioned butterscotch (with real whipped cream)

Chocolate truffle

 

Thank you for supporting sustainable agriculture and Homestead Heritage Farm.

Lucinda Gingerich

 

PS Cream shortage: Due to cows preparing for  birthing and calves not old enough to wean, we are experiencing a slight shortage in milk. To help with the slight shortage we will skip the cream in order to make sure we have enough fluid milk.

 

       Bulk Chicken available after June 18.

 

HOMESTEAD CHICKEN

 

 Pasture-grown Chicken Package #1:

50 lbs (approximately) - $170 Includes:

10-11 Whole Chickens

 

Pasture-grown Chicken Package #2:

100 lbs (approximately) - $320 Includes:

20-25 Whole Chickens

 

Pasture-grown Chicken Package #3:

18-20 lbs (approximately) - $100 Includes:

1 Whole Chicken

5 pkgs Boneless Chicken Breasts (2/pkg)

2 pkgs Chicken Leg-quarters (4/pkg)

1 pkg Chicken Wings (10/pkg)

 

Packages can be purchased at any of our pick-up locations in Kokomo, Noblesville or Indianapolis.

 

May 29, 2019

 

Good Day,

The sun's shining. Praise the Lord. I think it's a direct answer to prayer. I told the Lord this morning that I really don't mean to complain, but I would love to see the sun come out on this soggy world.

 

I'm planning to make a batch of laundry soap today and the girls are baking and cooking. We're having friends over for dinner, plus there's a few busy days of being gone a lot coming up, and I want to take a meal to a friend who's hosting church services this week end. All this means lots of cooking to do.

 

With the wet spring, my garden is way behind. I'm getting a little nervous about the situation. Jon's decided to graze the hay fields rather that cut hay to bale. It's high time for harvest ad that's simply not possible, so he's bringing in the cows. Ordinarily that's not a smart thing to do, but this year calls for drastic measures. He's hoping it will buy him some time for regrowth, then bale later.

 

The boys are  working on a mobile shade for the pigs. The pigs are still in their winter quarters because of all the rain. This spring has been a real challenge!

 

The big news is that Josiah got his pony! Jonathan made a couple of phone calls and would you believe, found an 18 year old babysitter pony and even came with a cart. Josiah took him out for a test drive - the pony looked bored, Josiah was on top of the world! He couldn't stop smiling! He's been driving him up and down the lane every day this week. It's almost too wet for the yard or even the pasture, so thank God for a long driveway.

 

ANNOUNCING THIS YEAR'S CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DINNER. Scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd, dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Farm chores/tours start at 4 p.m. so if you want to tour the farm, come early.

 

New this year- because of the store opening we have lots of new customers, and we're worried about having too many people for comfort. We want everyone to have a good time. If we wind up with more people than we can serve, visit with, or show around the farm, in a comfortable fashion, no one will have a good experience! So we're taking RSVP's until we get to 100 people. SO YOU MUST RSVP! After 100 people we will simply have to say " Not this time." If we see that we have lots more disappointed folks that would like to come, we'll do another dinner later in the summer. Thank you for understanding. We love to do these events, and always enjoy visiting with everyone, we're just concerned about everyone having a good time.

 

For those of you who are new to this event, this is our way of saying thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage Farm. It's completely free, and if you are reading this you are invited. But remember, you must RSVP!

 

See you there

Lucinda@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

Specials:

*Chicken leg quarters save $.75/lb

*Eggs on farm: $3.25/dz for 4 or more

*Eggs at the market: $4.00/dz for 4 or more

 

                               

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

May 21, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Hello from the farmers wife. How's your day? We've been busy as usual. I'm waiting on the whole troop to show up for lunch. Jon's in town, Adrian's checking cows, Marlin's setting up for the start of 2019 chicken processing, Savannah just finished the laundry, Jared just finished grinding feed, Emma, Josiah and Loria are washing eggs. It's summer time again, and keeping everyone and everything in sync is a bit of a challenge! 

 

Jon wants to cut hay this week if the weather forecast looks co-operative. Considering the weather this far, I'm not real optimistic.

 

The grilled chicken fundraiser dinner went very well. We served 740 people, and it was all cleaned up and done by 9:30 p.m. I was glad to go home and relax, but it was a good feeling of teamwork and accomplishment.

 

Adrian's new riding horse is working out very well. He came without papers and no history so he was really rather a gamble. But he's got bright intelligent eyes, sound feet, and a good disposition, so Adrian thought it a fair risk. Turns out he's fast! Adrian was all smiles when he came in at noon. "Nicky" as he's calling him, had his first cow pony lessons and passed the test quite well, then on the way home, showed Adrian how to stay aboard a very fast horse! Brittany, the stock dog, is a little perturbed with the situation. Adrian is requiring her to make friends with Nicky ( "Who me? I'd rather pester him by nipping his heels!") And not only that, he's teaching her to make a flying leap into the saddle with him, so he can take her to the other farms with him. Dogs do great on their feet when they are working, but to require her to run 3 miles at the speed of a horse is not going to happen. So he's teaching her to ride. Also, he's talking to a cousin from Iowa about how to customize a saddle to carry fence reels and step-in posts so he can move fences without dismounting.

 

Jared is going fishing with some friends tonight for the 2nd time in a week. He makes me smile. He's feeling pretty cool and confident, going places with his friends, being invited to gatherings without his big brothers or his parents! Being trusted with the horse, after dark. In other words, finally an adult, almost, instead of just the middle child, little brother.

 

Josiah is begging for a pony. I wish I could find a pony to rent for the summer. We almost don't have room in the barn for another horse, even a small one, during winter, and when school's in session, he has very little time for ponies. But summer time, little boys and ponies just are a perfect fit. We'll see.

 

Summer means fresh chicken season. Whole chickens will be available at the farm store Wed. - Sat. If you're looking for cuts, boneless breast, thighs, etc., those will be available Thursday to Saturday. And of course we'll bring fresh chicken to market. Saturday. Just in time for Memorial Day grilling!

 

With summer markets starting I'm hoping to expand the lunch counter offerings as fresh fruit and vegetables come into season. Stay tuned. 

Pies this week:

Dutch Apple

Maple Pecan 

Rhubarb Meringue

 

We'll see you all this weekend. As always, thanks for your support of sustainable agriculture and Homestead Heritage Farm.

 

Blessings to you,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

                                 Specials:

                 *Save $1.00/lb on all pork ribs 

                * Fresh chicken this week.

            * New grilling item coming Friday:

            Seasoned sugar- free pork patties

 

                     *New Grilling Packages

 

                (Please order ahead if possible)

 

 HOMESTEAD GRILLING PACKAGES


 

Deluxe Package $85 - Includes:

1 Package of Fillet Steak (2/pkg)

1 Package of Rib-eye Steak (2/pkg)

1 Package of Pork Chops (2/pkg)

1 Package of Boneless Chicken Breasts (2/pkg)

1 Package of Chicken Wings (10/pkg)

 

Best Value Package $60 - Includes:

1 T-bone Steak (2/pkg)

1 Package of Chicken Leg-quarters (4/pkg)

1 Package of Beef Patties  (⅓ lb size patties)

1 Package of Ham Steak  (1/pkg)

1 Package of Bratwursts (4/pkg)

 

Packages can be purchased at any of our pick-up locations in Kokomo, Noblesville or Indianapolis.

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

May 15, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings to you this happy day. The sun is out and we're grateful for it! Emma is mowing some too tall grass that has been waiting until it dries. It looks like we're trying to make a  hay field out of our lawn! I'm hoping for a few sunny days. We need to plant flowers and more garden things. The landscaping is in dire need of mulch, but it's too wet to bring the skid steer through the lawn. Jon would like to be cutting hay, but the ground is too wet to dry hay, yet. So we shall just wait, more or less patiently, until the weather clears.

 

The school board called this morning to ask if it would work in our schedule to have an end of term softball game this evening. Usually, we have a parent/student game on the last day of school along with the picnic and graduation. This year it rained and rained. So we postponed the game until a nice day. 

 

This week end marks the beginning of school fund raiser season. I must admit I'm not particularly looking forward to it. We have four different events in May and June , plus the fish fry in July. Usually, buy the time I'm through all of them, I'm ready to see the end of it all! However, it helps tremendously with tuition, so complaining really is rather pointless!

 

I'm taking Savannah to a Doctor this afternoon. She's developed an angry, red, itchy, rash that is not responding to all my natural remedies. I've never seen anything like it in all my years of mothering, and I'm ready to think it's out of my league.

 

Jonathan and the boys are working on fencing and water systems this morning. Trying to get it all together for summer grazing.

 

I had better cut this a little short this week and get on to other duties. The day, actually the week, is crammed full with things to organize, plan, and otherwise see to.

 

Specials this week are:

New York Strip Steak...$17.00/lb save $2.00/lb

Pork Patties: save $1.00/pkg. 

 

Pies this week:

Sugar Cream

Rhubarb

Blessings to you,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

P.S Last moment problem to discuss: Jonathan decided to eat one of last weeks cinnamon rolls and was horrified... tough, and heavy. Certainly not salable. Sigh. So we cut a loaf of sourdough bread. Same story. Double sigh. I was horrified. Since we don't eat bread or cinnamon rolls routinely, we're wondering how long this has been going on??after investigating the problem, here's the verdict: Faulty starter, kitchen help inexperienced with sourdough, a series of innocent mistakes, and lack of monitoring on my part. I am sorry, sorry! So if you got a less than great product, please come in for a refund or a free replacement! We are working on that starter, hopefully we'll have the problems solved by the week end. Again, my apologies and please come in for refund or replacement. 

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

May 8, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

 

Good morning! The sun is back! Hard not to be happy on such a beautiful day. It's been 3 days of sunshine and my garden is finally nearly ready to plant. Suddenly, there's so much to do, Jon's reminding me to calm down and remember I don't have to get it all dome in a moment - or even in a day!

 

It's good to have the girls home to help. Emma and Savannah are hanging the last of the laundry out then they're gong to start working on the raspberry patches. We usualiy put down some soft rock phosphate for calcium and phosphorus, then compost, them hay mulch on top. It's a lot of work in the spring, but them they're practically care free until fall pruning.

 

Loria and Josiah did the the breakfast dishes and the morning chores like sweeping the kitchen floor and giving the bathroom it's daily once over. (If we do some simple, basic. cleaning up daily, there's less mountains to move at the end of the week!) Josiah is less than impressed with being assigned with such menial duties.....Marlin told him it would make a man of him, which didn't make a whole lot of difference. Finally Dad had to have a little man to man conversation with his son. That did the trick- he washed the dishes while yodeling at the top of his voice. Or should I say trying to yodel. Marlin has taken up yodeling and he's becoming rally good at it. Which fascinates Josiah. So although it comes out more as a very vocal warble, (or howling at the moon as Adrian calls it!) I'll take it. It's a happy  sound, and that's a good thing!

 

Jonathan's gone to the dairy to run some fence and turn the cows out, Jared's hauling beans for grinding into chicken feed, and Adrian and Marlin are building feeders for a couple of broiler pens with worn out feeders, Another day in the life of our farm.

 

Tomorrow we're planning to go to Kathryn's to help her get ready for church at her house. This is the third and final time for her turn.

 

Emma's planning to make cottage cheese this week so we should have it ready for sale by Friday afternoon here in the store. And of course we'll bring it to market Saturday. 

 

We're making spaghetti and meatballs for the lunch counter. We're all a little tired of soup! Hopefully, soon we can start doing more variety with summer's produce coming in.

 

Also, chicken salad is back. We had a bit of a problem getting the right mayo, but it's straightened out, so we'll try to keep it in stock again.

 

With the return of sunshine and dry days. the cows went out to grass full time. Which means Jon has to adjust the cream separator to accommodate summer milk. So if your cream is slightly thin this week, just know there's nothing wrong, it's just in getting the separator just right. Never fails to amaze me, the nuances to grass farming and seasonal changes.

Specials this week are:

Chicken Pot Pie: $2.00 off

Summer Sausage: save $2.00/lb 

 

Pies this week:

Rhubarb

Cherry

Lemon Meringue

 

 

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Homestead Heritage Farm and sustainable agriculture. We love bringing you the best food possible.

Have a perfectly wonderful day!

Lucinda and all

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

 

April 30, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

 

Today reminds me of a nursery rhyme I learned as a child. "Rain, rain, go away, little Tommy wants to play".... It's been an incredibly rainy spring thus far. It creates some unusual challenges for farmers. Jon and the boys are almost desperate to get animals outdoors and off winter bedding packs. The dairy's manure pit is filling up to the brim, and they're discussing the problem and what can be done with it. We're feeding more hay than usual because we can't get out to pasture as much as we'd like. Sigh. The bright side however, is that there hasn't been torrents of rain and flooding, the tulips are  blooming beautifully with the cool wet weather, grass grows even now, the animals are not suffering, just impatient, the sun will shine again, and we shall persevere.

 

Today is a very quiet, strange day here. Amanda and Anthony were home for the week end, and with a graduation, a garage saleing event, and church at Kathryn and Allens' house Sunday, it was a crazy busy week end. The strangeness of today is that Savannah, Loria, and Josiah went home with Amanda for 2 days! The house is so quiet it almost shouts! After all the commotion of the last week, it's truly strange. We're going to spend some time with Amanda and Anthony this week, so the kids thought they should take advantage of the fact that school's out and it's too wet to begin all the gardening chores that Mom's planning for them! So they're spending several days with Amanda then they'll come home with us when we come later in the week. Josiah packed his fishing pole and his BB gun. He's thinking it's the high life - no eggs to gather, eggs to wash, chickens to feed, and he can sleep until 7:00 a.m. Plus there's a fishing pond next door and Anthony has 3 little brothers just down the road. Life doesn't get much better than that!

 

Jared is enjoying his first day home. In spite of the rain, he's eager beaver out to help his brothers. Marlin is smiling, too. He's mostly responsible for the home farm since Adrian and Jon spend every morning and evening at the dairy. So he's looking forward to some reinforcement coming.

 

Adrian bought a horse. A real " fixer upper". He needs lots of work, plus a serious detox and a dose of nutrition. But he's a pretty brown and white paint with potential. We'll see. Adrian needs a cow pony, hence the horse, but with Marlin being much more the horseman, I'm sure it'll be as much  Marlin's project as Adrian's. Lady is due to birth her foal sometime in May, so Marlin's building a box stall in the corner of the barn. A common loafing stall is not a good place for a protective Mama and a newborn foal. Jon just watches the boys' horse projects from a distance. He never learned horse sense as a boy and he prefers to watch and admire his son's accomplishments. That's o.k. I can't decorate cakes like Emma or arrange flowers like Amanda. It's so much fun seeing children grow up and develop their gifts.

 

Enough rambling - I need to get supper on. 

 

Specials this week are:

Eggs: save $.25/doz on purchase of 4 or more doz

Chicken leg quarters: save $.50/lb 

 

Pies this week:

Rhubarb

walnut molasses

coconut cream

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture!

 

Blessings 

Jon and Lucinda Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. Pullet egg season is here! We'll be stocking them on the farm, and also in the trailer/ market. If you want lots, please order. Thanks!

 

 

April 23,2019

 

Good day!

This is the day that the Lord hath made, and it surely is a pretty one! Adrian did some spring tune ups on the old red clunker (otherwise known as the lawnmower!) and it sputtered to life again. I don't know if the mower enjoyed it's first trip out for 2019 but I certainly did! Isn't it amusing how such a mundane task as mowing the yard is so exhilarating in the springtime, when I heaved a sigh of relief when I put away for the winter last fall?

 

Jared plowed my garden last week and I'm hoping for one more nice day tomorrow, so I can start planting. Emma and I pruned and weeded the raspberry beds so tomorrow I want to compost and mulch the beds. Emma mulched the strawberry patch with straw while I was broadcasting some grass seed in  several beaten up spots in the yard.

 

Amanda called today to say that they're hoping to come home for the weekend. That's exciting! Jared's graduation/spring school program happens Friday and we're all looking forward to it. Jared's counting down the days. He's looking forward to being "home with the men". We feel blessed to be in an occupation that allows the guys to work together, and blessed to have sons who love farming and working with their Dad!

 

The school kids had a field trip today to a local church summer camp. They came home sunburned, tired to the point of grouchy, but full of happy stories.

 

We had a particularly busy week last week with a "life and relationships" seminar 3 evenings running plus Good Friday and Easter Sunday gatherings. I think we're all ready for an early bed time tonight.

 

The full farmers market starts next weekend, May 4th. Then we'll be opening at 8:00 a.m. again.

 

Specials this week are:

Save .75/lb on whole cut- up chicken 

Save $1.00/lb on chuck roast

 

We're baking Sour Cream Raspberry, Apple, and Rhubarb pies this week.

 

Blessings on your week and thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage.

We appreciate You!

Jon and Lucinda Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

April 15, 2019

 

Hello!

I'm just touching base quickly with a few notes before finishing out last week's essay on stewardship.

 

*We will be closed Friday the 19th in observance of Good Friday.

 

*If you need baked goods or other orders, please place them by 6:00 A.M. Thursday so we're sure to have it all ready. We will be coming to market as usual Saturday.

 

*Easter Specials are as follows:

Ham Roast ... $1.00 off per pound

Chicken  Breast (bone-in or boneless).....$1.00 off per pound

 

Thank you for your continued support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

Lucinda Gingerich

 

 

                       Stewardship Part 2

 

First we tackled the processed food. Out went the cans and boxes and we bought fresh and whole. I learned to cook all over again, and in the process my eyes were opened to the reality of waste. Waste of money my husband brought home each week , waste of the resources God put here on this earth. Suddenly I saw the beauty in growing a garden. A small square of land that produced more food than we could eat. Children running barefoot through the corn rows, playing hide and seek, and catching lightning bugs. My toddler daughter, blond hair, warm from the sun, face streaked with strawberries, toddling in her Daddy's steps while he moved down the row with a hoe...

 

Next we looked at the meat and milk we consumed. To our surprise, there wasn't a chicken in the county that wasn't shut up in a stinking building. There wasn't a cow that wasn't eating corn silage. When we asked why, we were met with blank looks or defensiveness. Understand when I say this, that I  am not knocking my neighbors and fellow farmers.The truth of the matter is that somewhere along the line American agriculture had bought into the "industrial ag" model in the name of progress and efficiency. Most of these neighbors, friends and family of ours, were simply doing what they'd been taught to do. So we very naively decided that if it couldn't be found we would grow our own. Our first attempts were a little less that desirable- game  tough beef is a hard sell to the most healthy minded, and I was not impressed. But we persevered. I went to the library and read everything I could lay hands on, which wasn't much, but it got me started. Soon magazines and books by new and unfamiliar names were marching through our home and piling up everywhere. Mother Earth News, Stockman Grassfarmer, and my favorite, Farming Magazine. Finally, a magazine that helped me see biblical stewardship, food security, and sustainability as a package deal.Through the eyes of real people living and loving the land, I got a glimpse of what I'd felt in my garden on a much larger scale. Best of all, instead of talking about all the negative effects of chemicals, factory farms, and government policy, these people were presenting positive, doable answers to the problem- and actually doing them! We found ourselves becoming almost disciples of Joel Salatin, Wendal Berry, David Kline, and Gene Logsdon. We turned our 17 acres into grassland and I found myself listening to cows munch, bugs and crickets whirr and meadowlarks sing. I watched the sun glint off all that waving grass, much like it glitters on ocean waves and realized there was no odor, no toxins, no waste. My husband's farmer dreams were becoming reality and I had, somewhere along the way, become his cheerleader!

 

There were many more eye openers to come: new ideas like voting for change with my food dollars, closing the nutrient cycle by returning all waste to the soil, making or buying soaps from renewable sources, cloth diapers, cloth shopping bags, disposable dishes only in emergency, and of course, once farming became our livelihood, I realized that if I expected people to care about what they put in their bodies, or pay ME a living wage, I needed to be willing to live by the same creed. Buy from a farmer, buy local, support local businesses, and at the very least buy organic. It still amuses me when people ask if we eat that expensive meat we raise or if we just sell it to rich people and "eat cheap". My favorite answer to that question is that I am no longer a hypocrite! And then I always assure them that most of the people who buy form us are just people like me, who for reasons and life journeys of their own, are making the choice to"keep" this earth and their bodies in tune with the Creator's design!

 

Where ever you are in your journey, bless you for taking the next step. Together we make a difference that none of us can reach alone.

 

 

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

Homestead Update

November 13, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

Greetings this drippy, November day! Jared spent the morning putting the finishing touches on winterizing chickens' and hogs' winter quarters. Then he took the hedge trimmers and cut the frozen tomato vines down. We left them out as long as possible and we're still eating the last tomatoes. Jon and Jared moved the turkey hoop house onto the garden to serve as a cold frame greenhouse, protecting my late season crops. I think we're ready for the snow to fly.

 

Emma cleaned the store and stocked shelves while I did the laundry and some mending. Now this afternoon we need to make a big pot of soup to fill lunch boxes this week, plus make an early supper because I'm planning to go to town tonight. Jon does a lot of grocery shopping for me on his regular, weekly, delivery run, but once in a while I just need to go for myself and catch up all the odds and ends. Debra took a week off to go help her sister with a new baby, so Emma and I are holding down the fort in the store. Or at least attempting to! I don't know what we'd do without Debra's help. I told her to make me a detailed list of things she does each day of the week. Otherwise I'm bound to miss something critical!

 

Adrian and Marlin are thoroughly enjoying their new job. They come home every night with all kinds of stories. Jon and Jared are slowly acclimating to not having them around to help.

 

Pies of the week will be apple crumb, lemon meringue, cranberry pecan pie. Years ago I tried adding pecans and cranberries to a cream pie. The result was a seasonal favorite. Check it out.

 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my thoughts go to holiday baking schedules. I'm including a list of pies that you can order. Please understand that this is a master list and must be special ordered. Don't expect to just pick up any kind at the market or at the store. We will try to make some holiday favorites for cash and carry, but if you want a specific pie, you must order in advance! Deadline is 6:00 A.M. Friday November 22.

 

Fruit Pies:

blueberry sour cream

raspberry sour cream

apple sour cream

apple crumb

classic apple

cranberry pecan sour cream

 

Nut Pies:

chocolate walnut pie

maple pecan pie

 walnut molasses

cranberry pecan

 

Cream pies:

coconut cream

lemon meringue

chocolate pudding

caramel custard

pumpkin praline

classic pumpkin

sugar cream

chocolate truffle

 

The milk situation is looking up a little. The shortage will probably be a problem for this week end yet, but Jon's hopeful for next week to be back to normal.

 

Good reasons for a Homestead Heritage turkey this year:

 

-raised outdoors in green grass and sunlight.

-no antibiotics, hormones, completely DRUG FREE

-fed whole, roasted, non-GMO soy from local sources

-better nutrition profile for your family

-"pasture raised" from the grocery store is highly unlikely and it's doubtfully really and truly pasture raised.

 

Whew! Longest newsletter ever -- thanks for reading!  :)

Blessings to you and yours,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

Oops! I forgot Jon's weekly specials:

Beef Brisket........$8.00/lb

Beef Shank.........$4.75/lb

Chicken Frames.....$2.00/lb

Chicken Wings........$2.50/lb

Angel Food Cakes are back for holiday season

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

 

November 6, 2019

 

Good Day to All,

Here it's only 9:30 a.m. and it seems like it should be noon....I got up an hour early to see the boys off to their new job. Now it seems like it's later than it is. Yesterday was their first day and they were plum tired last night! Today they were eager to go again. Yesterday when I was packing their lunch, Marlin stared at all the food I was putting in there and says, "You expect me to eat all that?!" Adrian assured him he would. At least until he acclimates to a different routine and a new job, it takes a lot of food. Last night the lunch box was empty and he ate more for supper than I've seen him eat since he was 15 and growing fast. He didn't say a word about his enormous lunch this morning! He came home last night and the first thing he said was " How's things with chores here?" He looked a little dumbfounded when I told him it was all taken care of. Then he gave me his lopsided grin and said "Here at home, everyone  asks me what to do today. At work today I'm the one constantly asking questions. I feel like I went back to first grade!"

 

Truth be told I think it's good for all of the kids. Big brothers go off to work and younger ones rise to the occasion, new responsibilities, new routines. Part of growing up. Josiah thinks he's quite important, in charge of feeding the chickens before school.

 

More big news --Adrian has a girl friend! Yes, you read that right. The guy who claimed he'd rather have a dog. I told him he lied through his teeth! He's dating Debra, the girl that's worked for us here at the store since it opened. You might have met her at the market as well. I have been praying for 2 years that he would notice her. Emma said I was too busy praying to notice what's before my eyes! Marlin said that's like fishing out of an aquarium, dating the girl next door that works with you! Adrian says he's just sore about his girl being all the way out in Colorado. Brothers. There's never an end to their ribbing each other.

 

Several important notes and then I need to go:

One, with the coming of winter and stored forages, milk production has dropped slightly. Jon's working on getting it all right again, shouldn't last more that a week or two. Please bear with us. We'll do our best to make ends meet. If you have a baby that depends on this milk, you might want to place an order (phone or email by Friday morning at 6:00 a.m.) to make sure it's reserved for you.

Two: Please be advised that we will not be coming to market Nov. 30th. Also, the farm store will be open Tuesday -- Wednesday, November 26th and 27th but closed through Thanksgiving week end. We will do holiday baking orders if you get them to us with a couple days notice.

 

Specials for the week:

Lard ....... $4.25/lb  

Chicken Frames........ $2.00/lb     reg....$3.00/lb        

Chicken Wings... .....$8/lb                                          Sugar free, sage, patties....$7.50/lb    regular...$9.00/lb

 

Pies this week will be:  

Fresh apple,  coconut cream, triple berry sour cream

 

Blessings,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

October 31, 2019

 

Hello again, Whew! The turkeys are processed and in the freezer! That huge job is behind us, and we're relieved to be done before cold weather hits us. About 90% of them were in that perfect 12-15 lb  range this year so that's a good thing, too.

 

Mom and Dad went home this afternoon. We so enjoy having them, even though we're almost too busy to visit!

 

Now that it's rainy and cold, I'm dreading cleaning up the landscaping... that's what I get for being such a procrastinator. I just hate to pluck perfectly beautiful flowers out and toss them on the compost heap. So I always wait ... and wait''' and then I get to pull them wet, black, and slimy once they're cold, frozen, and dead.

 

I finished Mom's quilt last week, so I sent it home with Dad today. Predictably, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I imagined, but I'm glad it's done.

 

Marlin's moving pigs and chickens ever closer to winter quarters. It's always a bit of a gamble - how fast to get them in. Too fast, and they're standing at the gate. peering longingly at the late fall sunshine and the green fields they spent the summer in. Too slow, and they're cold and grouchy with their less than adequate summer shelters when the first of the bad weather comes. So we try to guage the weather, watch the forecast and adjust accordingly.

 

With the farmer's market over for the summer, out hours of operation change slightly. Northview Church will be 9:00 - 12:00 through the winter months. Tractor's Supply doesn't change. 12:30 - 2:00

 

Sorry, we're out of regular bacon until next week. Jowl bacon is still in stock.

 

Specials for the week:

Chicken wings ....... $2.50/lb  

Beef Shank........ $4.75/lb            

Chuck Roast .....$8/lb

 

Pies are going to be:  

Pumpkin, ( Standard/no nuts) Sour Cream Apple, and an old fashioned favorite , Caramel Custard. My childhood favorite. (Some of the church ladies baked for carry ins, and I always kept an eye out for it. Well, I finally found a recipe. It's as good as  I remember!)

 

Final note, with turkeys all processed, we will be bringing a good selection to market weekly. So you can pick yours up at any time convenient for you.

 

Bless you for your continued interest and support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

October 23, 2019

 

Hello from Homestead Heritage,

 

Good morning! Such a brisk October day. I'm rushing around catching up odd jobs this morning before going to help neighbors Jerry and Mattie Marie get ready for church at their house.They're getting older and having church is an ordeal. So we help as much as we can. I think they're almost to the point of saying "Enough, it's some one younger's turn."

 

The boys are fixing the corner post on the back deck. It appears to be sinking and the deck is sagging. Marlin also put some blocking under the vinyl siding on the porch to stop mice from chewing through the wall and thereby accessing my whole house. Grrr! Those disgusting creatures can sure make a mess! Marlin got down on his hands and knees and prowled around the house examining every crack until he found their hideaway. So hopefully we've solved that problem!

 

Emma's cleaning the last of the windows this morning and then I think our fall cleaning is done until January when we have church again.

 

I need to do abut 15 - 20 gal of krout tomorrow, and I want to turn a bushel of apples into apple butter and can that, then I believe the garden season is over for the year. Our fall garden is doing better this year than usual. We're still eating fresh greens, radishes, carrots, and Chinese cabbage.

 

We're gearing up for turkey processing next week. Mom and Dad are coming so we're all looking forward to that. That happens on Tuesday and Wednesday so you can pick up your turkey any time after the 1st of November.

 

 

Specials for the week:

Chicken wings ....... $2.50/lb ......reg. $4.50/lb  

Chicken Frames........ $5.00/lb .....reg. $3.00/lb              Chuck Roast .....$8/# ............$10.00/lb

 

Pies this week are:

Apple 

Chocolate Truffle 

Pumpkin Praline  (new )

Also, check out our new cookies for fall:

Pumpkin snicker doodles with ghirardelli white chips.

 

This Saturday is the last Binford Market for the season. See you there!

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

October 17, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

 

Greetings to you this beautiful day. I'm seriously behind with this newsletter this week. It's Thursday noon and it still hasn't gotten to Joyce's. I got sick, of all the things, with a blinding headache that lasted for 36 hrs. I'm finally over it, so now I'm scrambling to catch up.

 

The boys drug their first log out of the woods with their new tractor. They were all smiles. Jon wants to put a logging winch on the tractor to make it more maneuverable and safer, but at least they can say their idea works!

 

There's not quite so much farm work this winter, and with Jared out of school, Jon thinks he and Jared can handle the farm. So Adrian and Marlin are going to work for Adrian's former boss with the construction crew. They're excited about that, too.

 

Today is Josiah's birthday. Poor boy went off to school without anyone even remembering. It was all my fault....Jon got out early and went to milk the cows, and I overslept and didn't wake up until Adrian woke me at 7:00 A.M.! Since I'm responsible for waking the school kids and Emma and Jared, there we were - chores to do, breakfast to cook, eggs to wash,... and 45 minutes to have the children going out the door to school! In the mad rush that ensued, Josiah's birthday was completely forgotten. Blame it on the fact that I was sleeping off the headache, but such surprises are not exactly the happy kind! Anyway, we're going to Allen and Kathryn's this evening, so we'd planned to have his birthday dinner tomorrow night anyway. Wonder what he'll choose...probably catfish. The boys went cat fishing last week and caught 5 huge catfish. So we have catfish fillets in the freezer waiting on the right occasion. Josiah loves to fish so that's probably what he'll choose. I must go, it's lunch time and this must go to Joyce's.

Pies this week are:

Blueberry Sour Cream

Zucchini Cream 

Apple Dumplings! 

I'm excited about offering apple dumplings! We made some last night, the kids pigged out. They were so good. We might have apple butter by the weekend - depends on how Debra's day goes.

 

Specials for the week:

Chicken wings ....... $2.50/lb  

Pork Shoulder Roast ........ $5.00/lb                                Chuck Roast .....$8/# 

 

 

Thank you for supporting Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture!

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

October 9, 2019

 

Good day to all,

 

I'm spending the afternoon with book work today, in an attempt to keep the house quiet. We're babysitting little Bethany today while Kathryn and Allen took Caleb for a check up with his heart specialist. She's taking her nap, which she wasn't too thrilled about, so we're tiptoeing around the house.

 

The boys are outdoors messing with that big beast of a tractor that they bought. They have it running now, so we'll see what happens next. There's bound to be a few hiccups.

 

Emma is getting her things ready for an art expo she's going to this week. A friend invited her, so she's going. She's all excited. Two days of amateur talent shows, workshops, and a couple of demonstrations. She's been saving her cake money to pay for the whole thing.

 

I'm attempting a new project....quilt piecing. Not at all my comfort zone. My Mom kept a bag of embroidery in a cupboard near her favorite chair all the while I was growing up. Sometimes in the evening she would sit and work on quilt blocks. She finally finished a set of beautiful butterflies last winter that she started when I was still at home. Her birthday is in late October, so my sister Carol swiped the quilt blocks, mailed them to me with instructions to piece them up in a quilt, then when we all come home for Thanksgiving, she's going to put it in a frame in her living room and we're going to teach the granddaughters to quilt. There's only one catch to this grand idea--none of us ever pieced a quilt! Carol rather breezily said since I can sew pants, coats, and so forth, what could be hard about a quilt? What indeed. So I consulted a few friends who piece quilts, the kind lady at Hobby Lobby helped me with color combinations, Savannah with her math brain helped me draw up a diagram, and I am actually going to attempt to piece this quilt before Mom's birthday. I dearly love my Mom, and you know the things you do for your Mom! My quilt piecing friends were all slightly amused with my trepidation. Probably this quilt is a rather elementary pattern for them! Who knows, maybe I'll find a new hobby??

 

I really need to move on, enough rambling for today. I need to get the final records for my 3 years on the school benefit committee wrapped up. I want to take it all to PTA tomorrow evening and pass it on to the new committee chairman. 

 

Hey, we've got certified organic apples in again! They are so good! Honey Crisp, Gala, and Fuji. Available in 30# boxes for sauce, baking, or dehydrating if you want to. Or just by the handful for fresh eating. Lettuce is back as well.

Specials for the week:

Bone -in-Turkey Breast ....... $5.00/lb  

Baby Back Ribs ........ $4.00/lb                                  Chuck Roast .....$8.00/# 

 

Pies:

Fresh Apple Crumb Zucchini

Sugar Cream  (one last time)   

Maple Syrup Pecan

 

Blessings to you,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

October 2, 2019

Hello, 

Greetings from the farm. Another beautiful day. I'm trying to get my fall house cleaning done while it's so nice outside. Instead of waiting until my hands are stiff with cold on the power washer! Right now the flies are driving me nuts and I'm wishing it would get cold and freeze them out. Flies really hadn't been a problem all summer, but with the coming of cool mornings it seems they feel an urgency to cling to a warm host -- either man or beast! So I'm cleaning windows, siding and screens without heeding their insistent buzzing.

 

Emma is working one day a week in the store and enjoying herself. She has another order for 4 cakes this weekend. Cakes are surely keeping her busy.

 

The kids are playing ball in the yard tonight. Josiah and Loria are sure they need batting practice. Seems good to see them run and play. Youthful energy is so amazing. They come home from school tired and drooping. They eat, change clothes, and find new enthusiasm!

 

The older boys are brainstorming about buying a non-running tractor, fixing it, and using it to do some logging this winter. It's all just a bright idea at this point. We'll see.

 

The big news in the family is that Marlin has a girl friend! At least if you can call lots of time on the phone, dating. Poor boy, she lives in Colorado so it's difficult. She's the daughter of our used to be neighbors who moved to Colorado. Her name is Le Etta, she's a friend of Amanda's and now she's Marlin's. They have plans for a real date when her family comes home for the holidays. Adrian says he prefers the new dog to a girl, wonder what's wrong with his brother?? We all told him he had better watch his step, he could well find himself eating crow!

 

I'd better run, it's time for showers, a watermelon on the picnic table, and some relax time before bed time.

 

Specials for the week:

Bone -in-Turkey Breast ....... $5.00/lb (a 44% saving!)  

Chicken Leg Quarters ........ $3.00/lb                               New: Boneless Turkey Breasts.....$9.00/# in 2# pkg

 

Blessings,

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

 

September 25, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

Greetings to you this beautiful day. I'm waiting on Jon to come in for supper so I'm writing while relaxing.

 

The girls are putting the laundry away while the guys finish up. Savannah gathered a 5 gal. bucket full of tomatoes for me to can tomorrow. I'd like to make salsa, but I'm not sure if I have all the ingredients. If not, I'll just make juice. I use a lot of tomato juice for winter soups and stews.

 

Another dog has arrived on the scene. Adrian found her on the road with a wounded hip and a road burn. She had a collar but no tags, she's very friendly and well mannered, and she's fast becoming a friend. We need to find a home for her SOON (if no one claims her) because we do NOT need another dog! And I know what will happen if we have her very long - well all fall in love with her and then what?!

 

They're already debating names. Flopsy (hint: floppy left leg) or Miss Bunny for her hip-hop gait and fluffy black/silver hair. We'll see. Like I said, the sooner the better.

 

The first ever organic water- melon from our garden is chilling in the cooler for a bed time snack. What a triumph. Years of effort, watermelon at last! Usually the bugs destroy them before they can begin to ripen. I have no idea what we did different this year, but we're grateful. 

 

I need to trim raspberry canes soon. They look like a real thicket. Tomorrow looks a little more open, maybe I can squeeze it in then.

 

Specials for the week:

Chuck Roast ......... $8.00/lb   

Chicken Leg Quarters ........ $3.00/lb

 

Pies:

Walnut Molasses

Sour Cream Raspberry

Lemon Meringue

 

See you there!

Lucinda Gingerich

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

September 18, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

Greetings from the farmer's wife. I really should be cooking supper and I'm writing a newsletter instead. I'm planning ham steak, fried zucchini, and salad, so I think I can squeeze in a newsletter, yet. Ham steak cooks fast. I really wanted to get this newsletter written because I'd like to take the school kids and Jared to the garden this evening, and Jon wants to take the newsletter to Joyce's when he goes to chore.

 

We spent the weekend with my brother and sister and their families in Kentucky. That was enjoyable. Jonathan hadn't been to see where they live, (they've been there for 5 years) though the kids and I visited last spring. So we all packed up and went while the neighbors took care of chores.

 

Tomorrow, we're taking Adrian and Marlin to a buggy maker in Nappanee to see about having buggies built for them. Jared's going, too, only we're bike shopping for him. Marlin's taking a horse up to a stable in the same area to have her bred. So we're probably going to have a long day.

 

We're keeping 4 of Jon's nephews this weekend while their parents go to Georgia for a wedding. That should be fun. Josiah loves to have the cousins come, because these cousins are closer to his age, instead of his big brother's age.

 

Tomatoes are finally ripening. I canned 40 qts of sauce last week and will probably do 20 more Thursday. I'd like to dig the sweet potatoes this evening, along with the last beets, green beans, and melons.

 

I must go. The school kids are home, clamoring for attention, and that ham steak must be cooked!

 

Specials for the week:

Baby Back Ribs ......... $4.50/lb   reg. price....$6.25

Chicken Leg Quarters ........ $3.00/lb

 

Pies:

Maple Pecan

Chocolate Truffle

Coconut Cream

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage Farm!

Lucinda Gingerich

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

September 11, 2019

 

Greetings from the farmer's wife,

 

Another beautiful September day. We processed chickens this morning, then I opened the store while the rest of the crew packaged them and cleaned up the mess. I made lunch - spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, plus fresh green beans and cucumber/tomato salad. Yum. I love cooking in the summer time when everything is fresh and so good.

 

Tomorrow I need to make soap. An easy but time consuming job. I only do it once or twice a year, so it's a big job, too.

 

Tomorrow is also Jared's 15th birthday. He wants grilled pork chops and his favorite salad for dinner. Emma's baking six sheet cakes for an order, so Jared's cake will be a Mom cake - a little less professional than an Emma cake, but good nonetheless. Hey, it's the love that counts, right?

 

Hopefully, we can process the last of the sweet corn Thursday. I haven't put any in the freezer yet, so I'm banking on these last 2 rows yielding about 25 qt. I hoped the heat this week would get it all ripe before the weekend. I don't have time for 2 rows of corn in the midst of a busy weekend!

 

The children are adjusting well to the school routine. Josiah is a little less "tired all the time" than he was. Tonight's the first PTA meeting so I really need to sign off and go get ready for that. 

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable farming.

Blessings to you,

 Lucinda Gingerich

 

Oops! Forgot --

Specials this week are: 

Chicken leg quarters........$3.00/lb 

Sugar free sage pork patties .....$7.50/lb

 

Pies of the week:

Sugar Cream                                                          Coconut Cream                                                        Black Raspberry Crumb 

 

P.S. We are taking orders for turkeys. Save $5.00 if you sign up this week!!                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

September 4, 2019

 

Hello from Homestead Heritage,

 

The house is quiet this afternoon. The boys are all out doing their "farmer boy thing". Moving cattle this afternoon, I believe. Emma is upstairs putting the laundry away, Jon's at his desk, the school kids are at school, so the house is all mine.

 

I hardly think about how often that happens until I have a day like yesterday.... we babysat Jon's sister's kids from 7:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m.6 children ages 2-13. Seems just a moment ago my kids were that age. My how time flies and how quickly we forget the clamor of children, toys under foot, never a quiet moment. They were as good as could be and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Then in the evening, Allen and Kathryn came over with Bethany and Caleb in tow, so we had lots of kids running around. Today seems like a stark contrast.

 

I really should mow the lawn, but I think I'll push it off till tomorrow. Adrian put a newer engine on our old clunker lawn mower, so I can mow again. We really should replace the old relic. Maybe next summer? Seems pointless to spend thousands for a new mower in September when we're nearly done for the year? Maybe we're just plain tight wads? Anyway, we keep limping along.

 

Emma and I are going to be canning lots of green beans this week. The first planting only yielded abut 40 qt so I planted more. This crop looks really nice so we shall be busy. Of course, now that the girls are back in school, there's lots of canning to do.

 

The boys just came in and said we have a cow down with milk fever. Sigh. It's a problem that the Jersey breed in particular struggles with. After the birth of a calf, there's a sudden drop in blood calcium as the cow's body draws calcium from her body tissues to begin milk production. Something about calcium holds her blood pressure steady. When that drops too drastically, it's fatal. We have fresh cow bolus's that work beautifully as a preventive measure. This particular cow had no intentions of coming in from pasture last night, so Adrian let her go, thinking that if she's that full of energy, she'll be fine. Wrong. So today when they found her, she was in bad shape. So they treated her with a  calcium drench, and they think she'll come around. Hope so, I feel sorry for orphans.

 

I must go - it's time for supper, the kids are home from school, Emma's emptying the pickle crock into jars and everyone is reaching for a pickle. I think Mom's needed for a referee. 

 

Specials this week are:

Chuck Roast ..........$8.00/lb  

Chicken leg quarters........$3.00/lb 

Fresh whole chicken  (on farm sale only)

 

Pies of the week:

Zucchini Cream (the last of the season, most likely) Blueberry Sour Cream

Chocolate Pudding

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage Farm!

 Lucinda Gingerich

 

P.S. The boys came in after chores and said they couldn't save the cow. We're all rather bummed out. They put her calf to a nurse cow and they seem to be happy with each other. Second best but better that none.

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

August 29, 2019

 

Hello Friends, 

 

Greetings to all this happy day. It suddenly feels like we've turned the corner into fall .... school starts, the nights turn cool, suddenly all the green starts taking on a deeper, riper look, the grass turns darker, the corn turns yellow green, the garden starts suddenly changing from growing to ripening, sure enough fall is in the air.

 

My kitchen looks it, too! There's a couple gallons of pickled peppers sharing space with the kombucha crock, the whole room smells like the grape juice that's cooling, and in the corner of the kitchen, the occasional "blurp" of fermenting gases escaping the pickle crock let me know that the pickles are "doing their thing".

 

Jonathan says it's time to start cutting firewood for winter. They're working on the 3rd cutting of hay right now.

 

We're canning and freezing sweet corn and green beans. Tomatoes will soon be ready for making sauces and salsa. I love this time of year with all it's goodness.

 

Jared is enjoying the fact that his siblings are going to school without him this year. He has really grown up this year. Both physically and maturity, he's becoming a young man.

 

Kathryn and the kids came home for the day today, so we got to visit while we worked.

 

Emma is putting all her spare moments into a painting of our house and front yard. She's a little frustrated with it - it's the first time she's tried painting a landscape. I told her to call Joyce and ask questions. Joyce taught her painting in the first place and I'm sure she'd have some good advice. She also has been busy making cakes for orders, and with helping in the store several days a week, she's busy enough.

 

I see it's time to go make supper. I'd better sign off. Zucchini casserole for supper, quick and easy.

 

Specials this week are:

Sirloin Steak ..........$10.00/lb   reg. price.....$12.00/lb

New York Strip Steak .......$15.50/lb

reg price...$19.00/lb

 

Pies:

Black Raspberry Crumb

Lemon Meringue   

Peach Cream 

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

Blessings, 

Lucinda Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

August 22, 2019

 

Dear Friends, 

Good morning! I'm rather behind with this newsletter this week.I have no excuse except that I've been doing a lot of catch up jobs after being gone over the weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed our family reunion. We crammed so much fun into one weekend that we wound up staying up till midnight both nights. I worried about exhausting Mom and Dad but they said they wouldn't miss it and they'll sleep next week! Thank you for being willing to change your schedule for ours last weekend. This weekend is business as usual. Oh yes - we will not be coming to Ft Ben this Thurs. (tonight)  because we're going to a wedding instead. One of Amanda's friends is getting married to one of Marlin's friends so we're all going to the wedding. Amanda and Anthony will be staying for the weekend so we're looking forward to that as well.

 

Jon bought 2 more cows from a farmer in Nappanee. They're real pets. They lead them around with a simple piece of bale twine. Gentle, calm, cows are always a blessing. They're not all that easy!

 

With the coming of rain the grass is growing again. Jon is much relieved. The cows need grass!

 

Turkeys have gone out to pasture, so we're cleaning and sanitizing the brooder. Hard to believe we're through the chick brooding for 2019. Soon it will be time to start stacking firewood in there for maple syrup season next spring. Time goes so fast when you're farming - the seasons march in, march out and another year is gone. 

 

Specials this week are:

Chuck Roast ..........$8.00/lb

Wings and leg quarters.......$3.50/lb

 

Pies:

Maple syrup pecan

Coconut cream 

maybe Peach Cream (If Amanda brings some peaches from southern Ohio.)

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

Blessings, 

Lucinda Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

August 15, 2019

 

This is just a reminder that Homestead Heritage will not be at any of the markets tomorrow. They are having a family reunion. However, if you need something,they are open at the store from 8-1. Thank you, Joyce 

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

 

August 14, 2019

 

Good Morning!

I'm doing something I have never done before - sitting at the table in the store, writing a newsletter. Since Debra and Leona both help with chicken processing, I've been elected to tend shop on processing days, which is today. So since I was gone all day yesterday and didn't get a newsletter written, I'm doing so this morning between customers.

 

Jared and Josiah got elected to move turkeys from the brooder out to pasture this morning. Josiah was gloating- he doesn't have to help butcher and Loria does! Loria, of course was less than amused!

 

Last night we all went over to Leona's house for a family "work night." She's single and works full time so she has a hard time keeping up with everything at home. So all of Jon's siblings and Mom and Dad got together to help her clean house, wash curtains, carpets, etc., power  wash the siding, sidewalks and porch, till her postage stamp garden, dig potatoes, and so on. Some of the kids roasted hotdogs for everyone to eat afterwards and then we all sat down together for a couple minutes before heading home. It was and enjoyable evening, even though it was late when we got home.

 

It rained a half inch in the night, and we're so grateful. Hard to believe we could be so desperate for rain after such a wet spring! The yard and garden are looking so green and vibrant this morning. Even nature gives thanks.

 

We finally have a teacher for our school and a starting date of August 26th. That's about a week later than usual, but we'll probably just have a little less vacation days at Christmas time to make up for it. Last year's teacher moved to Colorado this summer so we had to find another one.

 

Note: We will not be at Binford Market or Noblesville this week end. We will be at Fort Ben Market Thursday eve. from 4:00 to 7:00 or you may come to the farm store Friday 10:00 to 6:00 pm or Saturday 8:00 to 1:00. Thanks so much for being supportive of our family reunion! :)

 

Fresh chicken is available on farm only this week.

 

Specials this week are:

Leg quarters.....$3.50/lb

Pork Chops ......$9.50/lb reg. price is $12.00/lb                  Fresh whole chicken (on farm only)

 

Pies:                                                                                Chocolate Truffle                                                 

Triple Berry Sour Cream                                                   Zucchini Sugar Cream 

 

Blessings to you and yours,

Lucinda Gingerich @

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:

Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   

8:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

April 9, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings this beautiful day! I am positively itching to get into my garden. The sun is out and every thing is bright green again. I just love this time of the year! But I'm restraining myself because my garden is still too muddy and the cover crop needs to be plowed under first. So I'm trying to be content with a walk in the sunshine and then I need to get some sewing done before the mud dries. 

 

I'm foregoing a regular newsletter for a two part essay I wrote. Part one is this week. Stay tuned for part 2 next week.

 

Just in time for Easter

Specials this week:

Ham Roast ....save $1.00/lb

Turkey Breast......save $2.00/lb

 

Pies of the week are:

Walnut Molasses (new)

Apple Crumb

Chocolate Truffle

 

If you need baked goods for Easter, Please let us know in advance, because we're closed the 19th in observance of Good Friday and Christ's death. Blessings to you and yours.

Jonathan and Lucinda@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

Stewardship

What really is stewardship? Today the word is a buzz word along with sustainability, security, and justice. Big, sobering issues for our time. I'm not sure that I'm up to an in-depth look at each, but in thinking this through, it would appear to me that they are like cogs in a gear, interlocked and dependent upon each other. We lose any of these at the risk of losing them all.

 

I'm drawn to the Bible, and the Beginning where God put man in charge of tending and "keeping " this earth. The simple word "keep" speaks of not using it up, but to care for it in such a way that nature could regenerate herself. (While stewardship applies to many, many, areas of our lives, for the sake of simplicity and this paper I'm focusing on nature, farming and food.) Just a few pages later we read about the fall of man and the curse of sin that narred the beauty and purity of God's original plan. Just as those first people chose, and then suffered the consequences of their choices, so today we choose ..... and what will be the consequences? Ever since those first people, man has struggled with the question - will we choose to "keep" the earth and it's goodness or will we choose to "take" all it's bounty in hasty greed in the name of progress, efficiency, and prosperity? What motivates our choices - selflessness or selfishness?

 

To put all of this in the perspective of food, farming and nature, I'll start with my own life journey. I was not a farm girl. More a "citified Amish girl. That was me. I didn't like garden dirt under my fingernails, certainly didn't relish blisters from hard physical labor, and "nature" to me was the neighbors swimming pool and a good sun tan! Jonathan came along, and as much as I loved him, I was rather relieved that he was content with a construction job (at least in the early years,) rather than pursuing his dream of farming. In those days I consumed with no thought to "keeping". Processed food from the bent and dent store - hey it was cheap and I didn't have to grow it! With never a thought to the many, many, "calories" of fossil fuel required to get it to my mouth. Disposable diapers on our children, disposable dished on our table, with never a thought to the landfill we helped to fill. Chemical laundry soaps, dish soap, shower gel, shampoo, house hold cleaners, bug sprays, weed killers, on and on with no thought to the damage done to our bodies or the earth. I wrinkled my nose at the neighbor's stinking hog farm wafting that offensive odor over my nice, "clean", synthetically cleansed laundry....then I went to the grocery and bought sausage from that very type of hog farm. I complained about the spray the farmer sprayed on his crops giving me a headache, then I went to the grocery and bought produce from Mexico, or even here in the states, with never a thought to the immigrant laborer who worked in that spray day after day. In defense of myself, I truly was innocent. Or maybe ignorant is a better word? 

 

Then change came into my life in the form of health problems....in our desperate search for answers to my perplexing gut problems, we learned... and then we learned some more. Sobering, almost overwhelming, but positive change brought encouraging results.

To be continued next week.

 

 

 

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

April 3, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

Greetings this day that the Lord hath made. Springtime is so invigorating. I went out for a walk this morning and marveled at how much springtime fresh air and sunshine does for my outlook on life!

 

Jon and the boys are working to get tune ups done on the laying chicken's summer nest wagon. The new flock of layers comes in Thursday evening, so deadlines are looming.

 

We bought a new rototiller for a new venture... We're going to dip our foot in the water of produce growing. Mind you a small, cautious plot, mostly just to keep the store in fresh vegetables this summer. We're hesitant to bring much to markets because we don't want to alienate our fellow produce growing vendors??In the past, we occasionally brought surplus from our personal garden, just as a means of using it up. Then any funds it generated went into our family vacation fund. With this new venture, the picture changes. So we'll see where it goes. I'm sort of excited and sort of hesitant about keeping up with the work flow. Amanda had a fit - "What are you thinking?! More work?" The boys reassured her that they are not going to be building a store this summer and they can help. And Leona and Debra are all enthused about shifting store responsibilities so that they can help, too. So we'll see. We might put it out back somewhere, where if it runs away from us we can turn the pigs in and pretend that was the original plan anyway.

 

We had a runaway pig episode last week. The boys walked for 10 miles or more looking for that lost pig! Someone 3 miles away finally found it. It wandered up to their yard and their little dog chased it into a barn. The poor thing was exhausted and very ready to go home to a comfortable bed and plenty to eat. We had bought a load of weaned piglets from another farmer and this was one of them. Why it jumped the fence and took a walk in the wide, wide world, we will probably never know. The boys were rather not amused to spend a rainy, muddy, day slogging through all the neighbor's fields in search of pig tracks! We were all relieved that it didn't become coyote bait!

 

Emma's baking a cake for a friend's birthday. Neighbor Mattie Marie (who lives on the dairy farm) had a 60th birthday and I didn't even know! So the birthday cake's a little belated but that's too bad. Better late than not at all! I'm planning to send it over and call her grandchildren to come help her eat it. I need to call her daughter to see when it all can work out.

 

Jonathan put together some grilling bundles: steaks, burgers, chops, wings, etc, check them out the next time you come by. If you're like me, you're craving the taste of any and all grilled food. The taste of summer. Yum! I fired up the grill last night and cooked burgers, chicken strips and turkey patties for quick meals this week.

 

Specials this week:

Sugar Free Garden Sage Sausage....save $1.00/lb

Lard... save $.75 qt

Questions on how to use lard?

- Biscuits and pie crusts of course

- I use it to fry chicken, eggs, stir fry, etc.

- If you have a bread machine, try it in bread.

 

I'd better sign off and go get some lunch for hungry guys. 

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture!

 Lucinda Gingerich

at Homestead Heritage Farm

 

OOPS! I forgot to mention that Daniel Garcia with Garcia's Gardens plans to have lots of greens at the market and in the store,too.

Pies of the week are:

Butterscotch Meringue

Black Raspberry

Sugar Cream

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

March 26, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 Just a quick note this week.It is a busy time with the first chicks coming in,finishing maple syrup and everything else that needs to happen while the sun shines.

 

Baking Schedule for this week is :

Fresh bread and cinnamon rolls on Thursday.

Also, pies:

  Cherry, Lemon Meringue, Sour cream Raspberry

                                                                                                       Lunch counter menu for the week is :

   Turkey Burgers                                            

   Sausage                                                                             Grilled Chicken Alfredo w/ Garlic Pasta

On sale this week is:

Chicken Wings save $.75/lb

Chicken salad $1.00 off

Ham Roast save $1.00/lb

 

Side note for market customers, there's been a lot of interest in bulk foods like flour, oatmeal, dried fruits, etc. Jon's planning more shelving in the trailer to accommodate at least a small amount of such items. Here at the store we offer a wider variety, however, if you've been here, bought something, know exactly what it is you want, we can bring it by special order.

 

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture. See you soon,

Jonathan, Lucinda and family.

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

 

March 19, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Happy day to you all today. I went out for a walk this morning just to get outside and soak up the springtime air. The daffodils and rhubarb are peeking through, soon it will be time to mow the old asparagus canes down and put some salt on the bed. Strange but true, a friend taught me to put about 25 lbs. of salt  ( I use a mineralized animal grade rock salt ) to a 20' ft bed of asparagus, to manage weeds and fertilize the asparagus. Jon about choked the first time I did it - he was sure I'd kill the asparagus along with the weeds. But it works beautifully. Marlin mowed last years red raspberry canes down for me, so the new ones can come through. I think I'll plant some more of those as well. They're easy to grow and we love them. I'm having a little more difficulty with black raspberries. The plants look beautiful but they don't bear like they should. Maybe I'm giving them the wrong thing??

 

Emma and I are working on some late winter sewing before springtime gardening starts. Little Miss Loria has suddenly started growing like a weed, she needs a new dress. Emma's learning to make head coverings and I still need to sew some pants for the guys. 

 

Marlin is still working on training Jackson, the horse that was so sick last summer. He set an obstacle course on the driveway to "desensitize" him to trash cans, mail boxes, etc. that he meets beside the road. One more hurdle to go - black holes; culverts, pot holes, even just tar patches terrify horses. It looks like something they might fall into and never get out. So the trick is to teach them to trust their master to know where it's safe to go. Now that bitter cold of winter has passed, it's much more comfortable to be out on a training cart. Marlin wants him safe for a buggy before May when Lady, his other horse, has her foal. Right now he's driving Lady but won't be long till she's out of commission for a while.

 

Baking Schedule for this week is :

Fresh bread and cinnamon rolls on Thursday.

Also, pies:

Blueberry cream, Coconut Cream, and Black Raspberry

 

Lunch counter menu for the week is :

chicken salad or Grass-fed Hamburger on garlic herb or light wheat buns. Also, we alternate Chicken Noodle, Chicken Lemon Pepper, Chicken Mushroom, Veggie Beef and Gourmet Potato Soups through out the week.

 

 

On sale this week is:

Butter! Save $2.00/pkg all varieties.

Chicken salad $1.00 off

Chuck Roast save $1.00/lb

 

Side note for market customers, there's been a lot of interest in bulk foods like flour, oatmeal, dried fruits, etc. Jon's planning more shelving in the trailer to accommodate at least a small amount of such items. Here at the store we offer a wider variety, however, if you've been here, bought something, know exactly what it is you want, we can bring it by special order.

 

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture. See you soon,

Jonathan, Lucinda and family.

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

March 13, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

 

Blessings to you this beautiful day. Spring has finally arrived for real. Everywhere there's hints of pale green under the brown and mud, mud, mud, squishing up around your boots. Jonathan is cooking maple sap. The syrup is beautiful this year. Probably the prettiest he's make in our short 3 year stint with maple syrup. I guess it's the weather that determines the grade of the syrup. Although, technique and equipment factor in as well, and since we haven't changed any of that , we're giving the weather the credit.

 

It's time to trim apple trees and get all the spring tune ups done for the pasture pens and equipment. Jon and the boys are brain storming another layer wagon that can go either across lots or round by road to the dairy farm. Also, there needs to be a new winter hoop house for layers before next winter, so that will have to be planned and built this summer.

 

This week end looks particularly busy because we're in charge of a school benefit breakfast on Saturday morning. We'll be making fried corn meal mush and grilled sausage, as well as homemade donuts. It's always a busy morning, but enjoyable too with the whole Amish community working together.

 

I had better cut this short because we have a P.T. A. meeting tonight and I still have too many things to do before then. I need to get supper on and I want to mix a batch of pancakes for breakfast in the morning. Fresh maple syrup just begs for pancakes.

 

 

On sale this week is:

Ground Turkey or Sirloin Steak $1.00 off per pound.

 

Pies of the week are:

Peanut Butter

Cherry 

Chocolate Truffel

 

 

Thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture. See you soon,

Jonathan, Lucinda and family.

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

March 6, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

Greetings this cold day. Cold again. Sigh. Seems spring is just teasing this year. Maple sap isn't running, it's freezing instead. Jon's watching the forecast and hoping for warmer weather this week.

 

Adrian is working on a fun project. Fun in his opinion, that is. He's restoring an antique garden tractor that he rescued from his uncle's scrap pile. The hope is sell it for some cash, split it with uncle and thereby gain an inside track to more of his "junk"! Sounds tedious to me, but I must say I admire his mechanical skills and the entrepreneurial spirit. 

 

To top off the fact that spring is hiding, we've been bitten by a late season cold/flu virus. Just when I thought we'd escape without a hitch in our healthy stride, the winter germs punched us in the eye. One by one, we're limping through it. Today is my turn to be slightly down. I had planned to go help a friend with a major house cleaning project, but wound up sleeping for 2 hrs. instead. Oh well, I'm sure she'll forgive me, and I'm sure this too shall pass!

 

Emma went with a group of Amanda's friends to spend the week end with Amanda. She was quite happy - the first weekend she spends with the youth group and they're going to see her sister. Doesn't get better than that! Made Amanda happy, too!

 

I'm sewing Jared's graduation outfit. I'm a little early, but it seems April is always so busy, I'd rather get it done now. Jared's happy - new clothes specifically for him, not his brother's hand- me- downs. Really, his brother's clothes look quite good yet, they out grew them too fast to wear them out, but it's just the principle of the thing. If you've worn hand-me-downs, you know!

 

Lunch counter items are ham and scalloped potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs. Pies this week are Black Raspberry Cream, Lemon Meringue, Maple Syrup Pecan.

On sale this week is:

Save $0.50/lb on whole chicken and $0.75/lb on Pork Roasts

Thank you for your interest in Homestead Heritage and the Gingerich clan. We consider growing your food a privilege.

 Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

 

February 27, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

Good morning! Quick note this week before I rush out the door to an event at our children's school.

 

You'll notice the newsletter looks different this week. That's because I've committed to writing an informational, educational column once in a while. For many of you this is old news but for many more the reverse is true. Since I'm constantly repeating myself in some of these subjects, I decided perhaps it's time to address them this way. Thank you for your interest in Homestead Heritage, both farm and family. 

On sale this week is:

Save $1.00/lb   Turkey breasts and ground beef. Ground beef in 30# box save $20.00 for a total of $210.00 if purchased on the farm.

 

 

               Why is your food so expensive?

....The question I hear so much. I'm going to try to answer that question in this column. First of all the question has many answer, or parts of answers, that provide a comprehensive picture.

 

If you live in the country you're probably aware of the farmer " die off" that's happening across America. Every year more small farms are being gobbled up by big ag. In my neighborhood 6 dairy farms went out in the past 2 years. Why? Because farmers aren't getting paid enough to stay in business.. It's either get huge or get out. Very few farm families have the resources or the desire to get big enough to stay in the game. Increasingly economy of sale is the order of the day. For every 5000 cow dairy that goes in somewhere in the country, 50 -100 small farms lose their market share.

 

With ever increasing costs, farms (including the big ones) are feeling increasing pressure to decrease cost. When you sell to the general market you have to take what "they" will pay. Therefore the temptation to cut corners by feeding cheap feeds - distiller's waste, bean meal ( a by product of veg. oil processing). In some cases forcing animals to cannibalize (bacon grease to hops) or worse yet, pelleted, recycled extruded, sand/fiber taken from a cow's own waste/bedding then mixed into her feed ration as a fiber supplement. Horror huh? Sad but true.

 

Next on the "cheap" list is processing. All manner of atrocity happens here. Bleach baths, radiation, etc. not to mention the fact that animals are inhumanly suffocated, electrocuted, and otherwise tortured to kill them in the first place. And what about the people that work in these places? Would you work under those conditions and for their paycheck? All of this in the name of efficiency.

 

Last but not least, when it's turned into those handy prepackaged foods we've all learned to appreciate, what really is in our food? Have you recently stopped to read the ingredient label on a package of bacon bits? Do you know what's in those smoky links you're buying? Have you read the fine print on the luncheon meat and the hot dogs you're feeding to your kids or grandkids? Do you know what all those synthetic vitamins, stabilizers, and cheap sweeteners are that reside in your yogurt, sour cream, and milk?

 

All these are tough questions that demand answers. All this in the name of cheap food. One more tough question then I'll stop. When you buy a new vehicle, do you go to the used lot and buy the absolutely cheapest one you can find? Would you buy a pretty, painted, slick looking one without looking under the hood? Would you assume that if it comes from a name brand dealership and looks nice it's going to serve you well? Or do you ask the tough questions and shop smart and savvy? You know quality when you see it, you're not about to be taken by a slick package and a slick salesman. By the same token, how about selecting a doctor or a babysitter? So why, oh why, do you trust your food to a nameless, faceless, "system" that does not have your best interests at heart? Food - it gives you life or death one meal at a time. Isn't it time we took what we eat and what our children eat seriously?

 

Now then, what can we do about this whole bleak picture? Simple but complicated - Buy from a farmer! Simple, in that here in lie the answers to keeping small farms viable, keeping food "real" and "clean". Keeping animals happy and healthy, respect for all creation, in a nutshell. Complicated in that you are going to have to learn to shop for food like shopping for a car, smart and savvy. Educate yourself, learn to read labels and know what they mean. Vote for change with your food dollars. And yes. it's going to cost more.

 

I hope by now our original question is starting to have answers in your mind. Farming should start with stewardship. With that in mind, lets revisit the issues...Humane treatment of animals involves feeding them food stuffs that you wouldn't be afraid to put in your own mouth. Whole, roasted, soybeans (not genetically modified either!) Corn, Oats, and Barley grown without chemicals. (If it will kill weeds or bugs, it can harm you!) Sweet smelling hay dried in last summer's sunshine, tall, sweet, grass that begs you to lay down in it and gaze at the clouds about you. And while we're at it, let's move them outdoors to the great earth God put them on. Yes, it costs more to pay for that land base to graze and roam.But would you like to spend your life in a space the size of your bathroom? Animals don't either. To quote Wendal Berry, "I dislike the idea that an animal has been made miserable to feed me". Oh, and by all means, lets pay our neighbor who grew all that grain a living wage. Respect his effort and appreciate him. Who do you think he'll bring his grain to next year? Sure enough, not the general market which may or may not pay him enough to make an honest living. 

 

When we process those animals, can we take them to a processor that takes their life swiftly, painlessly, and respect fully? And who pays their help a living wage? And who is willing to put in the effort to make hams, bacon, and lunch meats with no junk fillers or doubtful additives? So in the end, it comes down to no compromise. A farmer needs to respect the land, respect the animals,respect the people who eat the fruit of his labors, and respect himself enough to do the math, know his costs, and charge enough to stay in business.

 

If you choose to but from a farmer you will be pleasantly surprised at the relationship that develops. An honest friendship between peers. Accountability, honesty, and integrity starts to happen and mutual trust and admiration grow. Instead of the "system" you get " food with a face." You get food that packs a nutritious wallop. You get food security. All this for the price of $8.00/lb for ground beef. Pretty cheap don't you think? Smile.

 

By the way, one disclaimer before I go - not all big farmers are scoundrels. Far be it from me to say so. And not all small farms are good, safe, farms. Again, just like that car salesman, check them out and know for sure.

 

Thank you for hearing me out, my hope is that this column can shed some light on a huge subject. For more info, go to the library and find: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Micheal Pollan. Any and all books by Joel Salatin, Wendal Berry, and Kelly Klobber. Watch the documentary Food Inc. For nutritional guidance check out the Weston A. Price Foundation or the Paleo Movement. Wise food decision making is a journey. You don't have to master it all in one gulp. The main thing is that you start the journey and stay on the course. God Bless your life and your journey.

 

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

MOBILE MARKET HOURS:
Binford Location (65th/Binford ):   
9:00 am - 12:00 pm                          
Tractor Supply (2375 East Pleasant St.): 
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm     

NEW FARM STORE HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday ...... 10:00 am  -  6:00 pm
Saturday..... 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch To Go (from the Farm Store): 
Tuesday through Friday..... 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in no later than 7:00  Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

February 12, 2019

 

Hello Friends,

Greetings to you all this drippy, drizzly day.

 

The boys are hauling more manure today while it's still frozen. The never ending messy winter job. When animals spend more time in the barn because of bad weather, there's all this manure to haul. We're always relieved to see them go outside to pasture in the spring!

 

Jared and Josiah finished up the sap bag assembly, so its ready to go when the weather turns right for maple syrup.

 

Adrian and Marlin finished up with their tractor repairs today. We all cheered to see both of the old clunkers go puttering out the driveway! The boys are dreaming of bigger, newer, tractors... Jon says not before some other bills are paid. As for me, I'm grateful for mechanically gifted boys that can keep old tractors running!

 

Last week I wrote about a sick cow...unfortunately she died. The vet was puzzled with the situation. It's hard to just let it go, but it's also pointless to run a bunch of tests on a dead animal. Our main concern was her week old calf. We had another cow who's calf wandered away, managed to slip through the fence into the neighbor's field and couldn't find it's way home. The boys walked the fields for 3 hours searching and finally had to admit defeat. It was dark outside by then, and cold. Jon said there's no way that calf will survive the night, and he was right, it didn't. The neighbor found it the next day, frozen. Sad. So we grafted the orphan calf to the worried mamma. Jon had to help them the first day or two, until  they got to know each other. Now they're doing well together. Relief! If there's one thing I've struggled to learn to accept, it 's the laws of nature, the reality of life and death. But God provides. He regards the life of his beasts, he sees each sparrow that falls. For me, it's best to just accept that we've done what we could, we've tried to be good stewards, and it will be O.K.

 

Jon and I have a speaking engagement at IN Wesleyan this afternoon. As I understand it, they're doing a series of conversations about social issues our communities and society as a whole struggle with. Of course food security and the issues that surround it is one of those topics. One of the teachers asked us to come speak to her class. It will be a new experience for both of us.

I'm sure we'll learn things through it, and hopefully we'll have somethings to contribute, as well. I'm looking forward to it.

 

Amanda and Anthony were home for the weekend. It was way too short! So good to see them again. She packed an ice chest full of food to take home. Anthony said he just can't fathom all the food in that freezer. I told him it takes a lot of meat to feed several hundred families! smile. It makes us happy, knowing that so many people trust us with their food supply. Believe me, we take the responsibility very seriously!

 

Speaking of your food supply, brings me to another issue to discuss here: Since opening the farm store, we're stocking so many things here that we're simply not able to cram into the market trailer. We're making an effort to bring high demand items to the market. Maybe with time, we'll figure out a way to do more. For now, if you see an item advertised or talked about in a newsletter, not currently stocked, you can call or e-mail before 7:00 AM Friday to order and Jon will do his best to bring it to market. We're also making an effort to get newsletters out earlier in the week so you have more time to plan. For example the week's pies or lunch menus could be special ordered for market delivery. I hope this helps.

 

Available at the farm store, this week lunch: Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. Hot and ready to eat, from the lunch counter (10 - 2) or heat and serve after 2:00. Also, Pecan, Butterscotch Meringue, and Cherry pies available. Thursday - Saturday.

 

New at the store is Puffed Spelt Cereal. Similar to the puffed wheat we grew up on, but fresh puffed, honey coated and delicious. I was amazed at the "fresh toasted with a hint of sweet" flavor. (I must admit a bit of skepticism initially.) But I'm loving it in yogurt or in peanut butter snack balls.

Jonathan mentioned this weeks specials: Ham Steak and Chuck Roast $1.00 off per pound.

Either one is delicious in a crock pot with potatoes and carrots. I like to add a qt. of chicken broth to the pot to add extra richness and tenderness. Leftovers make great soup, or thicken the liquid to make gravy. Sometimes I'll take the leftovers, thicken the broth and add cooked rice or pasta. Put it all in a casserole dish and then tomorrow we'll eat casserole and salad. Easy, I can cook the rice or pasta while the crock pot is working on tonight's meal, then assemble my soup or casserole while I'm cleaning up after dinner tonight. That way I'm doing 2 meals at once, cuts time in the kitchen without sacrificing quality. 

 

Have a happy day,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

For those who are new to ordering :the orders need to be in by 7:00 or before Friday morning or I can't guarantee that they will get in in time. Also, please put in a pick up place when you order. Thank You, Joyce 

 

 

Moblile Market Hours:

Binford Location:   

9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford )                 Tractor Supply:  

  12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

New Farm Store Hours:

Tuesday through Friday ......10 a.m.  -  6 p.m.

 

Lunch to go: 

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.    Saturday  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Breakfast to go on Saturday morning

February 5, 2019

 

Dear Friends,

How are you all this happy day? We are all busy as usual. I'm trying to get the newsletter written and the store's routine planned for the week. Jonathan is busy this morning with a vet coming to see a sick cow. Sigh. One of our better cows is down with a supposed case of milk fever...She's not responding to treatment, which has Jon and the vet puzzled. So the vet plans to take blood tests this morning. She's got a brand new baby calf, cute as cute can be, and she's trying hard to mother her calf even while she's down. It's touching to watch her flop her tired head around to keep an eye on the baby, and she willingly, patiently, lets the calf nurse, even at the ackward angle she's in. I'm praying the vet can save her. Her name is Ada, she's a big red and white Ayrshire/Jersey cross with a lot of spunk. Maybe her spunk will help her pull through.

 

Adrian and Marlin are working on the transmission for our old Ford tractor. They tore it down and ordered parts, reassembled the transmission and now for the final leg of the process, putting it back in the tractor. They were rather proud of themselves and I was, too!

 

Jared and Josiah have been working on assembling sap bags/hangers for maple syrup season just around the corner. 

 

We have church at our house this weekend , so the girls have been kept busy with baking and cleaning in preparation for that.

 

There's a new product on the shelves in the store and in the market trailer: Pasta! Whole grain, fresh milled, so many shapes and flavors to try, and best of all, chemical free and locally made. I cooked some on Saturday and we were impressed. (That's saying a lot, because my kids don't like pasta at all!) It's not heavy and grainy, neither is it gummy and starchy like so many. It holds a sauce beautifully and presents very well. Best of all, I didn't feel bloated after eating it. I made spaghetti and meatballs with the tomato basil and next I want to try Beef Stroganoff with portabello mushroom. There's also a lemon pepper that I think would be great with chicken and several curious shapes that I want to make into a chicken, dijon, pasta salad. Can you tell I like pasta? Problem is most pasta doesn't like me very well! Which is why my kids don't like it. I've tried to stay clear of starchy foods for my health's sake, so my kids never learned to eat them. So I'm super ecxited about a pasta that I can actually eat and feel good about! I'm telling myself "everything in moderation", one meal a week maybe??

 

Leona is holding down the fort in the store today. She and Debra alternate this week, while I'm busy with hosting church services. Honest, dependable, responsible, employees are such a tremendous blessing!

 

We're opening the lunch counter again this week. We hadn't with the extreme cold last week. We're doing soups and sandwiches for this week, but I'd like to look into other options as well. Maybe those spaghetti and meatballs, or chicken with paprika rice. Chipotle chicken and black beans would be good too... We'll see. Stay tuned for next week when I have a little more time to teach my kitchen help some new recipes.

 

For now specials for his week include:

Save $.75/lb for ground beef

Save $.50/lb on chicken frames 

Chicken frames make excellent broth or chicken and noodles.

 

Have a happy day,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

Moblile Market Hours:

Binford Location:   

9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford )                 Tractor Supply:  

  12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

New Farm Store Hours:

Tuesday through Friday ......10 a.m.  -  6 p.m.

 

Lunch to go: 

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.    Saturday  8 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Breakfast to go on Saturday morning

 

 

January 29, 2019

Hello Friends, 

 

Blessings to you this cold wintery day. Around here we're having an almost snowed in day. By almost, I mean the kids school was cancelled. Jon and the boys are staying close to the house, and I'm singing the praises of a warm wood fire while I sit and do my weekly desk work. Emma is immersed in sewing a dress, Savannah has mostly read a book and listened to songs on the phone. There's a song line with over 1000 gospel songs from various groups. Savannah loves it. An Amish kid's version of downloading music, she spends every minute I'll let her on that phone. I really don't mind, as long as she's not neglecting responsibility. She learns all kinds of new songs and then she teaches us while washing dishes, laundry, or any other boring job that doesn't require much thought. Josiah and Loria spent the morning playing house in a house made with the church benches that are being stored in our basement during this time of hosting church services. All in all a lazy day. Jon and the boys braved the cold to take care of animals, otherwise it's a good day to be indoors.

 

Speaking of animals, the guys spent yesterday battening down the hatches for all the animals. Making sure everyone has plenty of bedding, drafts stopped up, plenty of feed and water, it's quite a chore. But preventive measures are much less a chore, then trying to "fix" the aftermath of not having been prepared.

 

The farm store is starting to find a routine. I'm really enjoying it. I miss going to market though, so we'll probably start trading off among us four sales people at the two locations.

 

I'm working on my seed order, and Jon's ordered sap bags in preparation for maple syrup season, so spring must be just around the bend, even though it doesn't feel like it today! 

 

 

Moblile Market Hours

 

 Binford Location:            9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford )                 Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

Specials this week:

chicken wings....$3.75/lb    Reg. price $4.50/lb

Pork Chops.........$10.50/lb   Reg. price $12.00/lb

Maple syrup:

$12.00 .....pt

$20.00......Qt

$35.00......1/2 gal.

 

New Farm Store Hours:

Tuesday through Friday ......10 a.m.  -  6 p.m.

Lunch to go....... 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.    Saturday.....8 a.m. -1 p.m.

Breakfast to go on Saturday morning

 

 

Have a happy day,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

January 23, 2019

Good Day,

Cold winter has arrived! I was starting to think we'd escape without serious cold this winter, but here it is, -5 degrees.

 

Yesterday was brutal, frozen pipes, frozen manure, frozen eggs in the hen house, not to mention cold feet in stiff frozen boots, cold hands in stiff frozen gloves, and air that freezes in your lungs. But there's much to be thankful for, a hot fire, hot tea, hot showers, and a warm bed at the end of the day.

 

We're hosting church services at our house this weekend, so we're scrambling around cleaning house. Usually I wash the windows, but with this weather, I don't have the courage to try. I'm sure we'll manage worship services without immaculate windows!

 

We're finding a new routine with having opened the store. I have to learn scheduling - employees, production, daily tasks, weekly tasks, etc. Mostly it's just an extension of what we've been doing for a lot of years, it's just that before, we were aiming all efforts at 3 hours on Saturday morning Farmer's Market, now I have to think 5 days a week. It's been fun learning to know the local people. We've spent so much time in the city, we're clueless about out neighborhood community. In case you are wondering, no we are absolutely not discontinuing our farmer's market Saturday morning routine. We have so many friends and too much identity in the city. To discontinue that would be devastating to who we are and what we are. In fact, we've been pondering, are we country people or city people????

The conclusion is - some of both! There's a distinct difference in thought patterns between the two. Maybe almost culture clash in some ways. But, just like spanning the cultural differences between Amish and "Not Amish" has been an interesting life's journey, so we'll work on bringing Homestead Heritage to country folk as well as city people. After all, we are all basicly the same with the same basic needs, of which food is one.So we'll keep doing what we know to do, provide the very best quality, nutrient dense, food to our fellow men, regardless of differences!

 

Jon and Jared are going to be at the market again Saturday, With church coming here and opening the store, I'm staying plenty busy here at home. But I miss coming to market, so once things settle down, I'll be back to my turn there.

 

Moblile Market Hours

 

 Binford Location:            9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford )                 Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

Specials this week:

Beef shank......$6.50/lb    Reg. price $7.50/lb

Sirlion Steak...$11.00/lb   Reg. price $12.00/lb

ground pork...$6.00/lb     Reg. price $7.00/lb

New sour dough bread, soft, sandwich type. Introductory special $4.00

 

New Farm Store Hours:

Tuesday through Friday ......10 a.m.  -  6 p.m.

Lunch to go....... 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.    Saturday.....8 a.m. -1 p.m.

Breakfast to go on Saturday morning

 

 

Blessings to you and thank you for supporting sustainable agriculture,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

January 16, 2019

Good Morning!

 

Blessings to all of our readers today. I'm writing from my kitchen table this morning, trying to "supervise" while doing so. (Moms are supposed to be multi-taskers, right?) Emma and I swapped roles this morning. She's doing laundry while I make breakfast. I put breakfast in to bake and thought I'd write the week's news while it finishes. 

 

The kids have been having a blast in this snow. We adults tend to fret about the roads, the chores, the wet slippery everything, but children always remind me of the wonder of snow! Marlin packed a track to the top of the gravel pile for Josiah to slide his sled down. That's as close to a hill as these flat land kids have. Makes me remember the thrill of flying down a real hill on a sled. The hills of my childhood were so much more than my kids can imagine. I wonder if there's any real sledding hills in a park somewhere locally that I could take them to.

 

The store open house went well. I'm glad to have that behind us. Somehow, it's nerve wrecking, not knowing what to plan for. I can plan a wedding, or a customer appreciation dinner, or a catering job, because I know what to expect. This store is new, new, new. I don't exactly know what people expect or want, I don't know how many people to expect, on and on. Too many unknowns make me nervous. But I have fantastic help and we got through opening day, so I'm telling myself to calm down.

 

Farm work is going well this winter. The big boys and Jonathan were glad to see colder weather. The mud freezes and that makes things much better. There was manure to haul, now that the ground is frozen enough to drive a tractor out there. (Getting a tractor and manure spreader stuck in winter mud is the stuff of farmer's nightmares.) Also, the dairy cows come into the milking barn much cleaner when there's no mud. They have 2 tractors in need of mechanical work, so that gives them indoor work when it's cold and windy outside. If next week's below zero forecast comes true, they're going to be focusing more on keeping animals comfortable. Marlin needs to shoe horses this week, so he's got several days work with that. A well shod horse has much better traction on snowy roads that vehicles with rubber tires. 

 

I'm going to school this afternoon for a surprise birthday / appreciation party for our teacher. We have an exceptionally good teacher team this year so we want to let them know we appreciate them! We're trying to surprise them for birthdays?? We'll see. 

 

Specials this week:

Save a $1.00/lb on chuck roast

Maple syrup:

1/2 gal.....$35.00      reg. price....$40.00

qt.............$20.00      reg. price...$23.00

pt.............$12.00      reg. price....$14.00

 

Thank you for your interest and support of Homestead Heritage,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. Watch for e-mails later this week if the weather gets bad. We'll let you know the status on the market trailer's arrival time if we're delayed. However, we'll do our best to make it there.

 

 

 

 

This week

Binford Location:            9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

January 9, 2019

Hello Friends,

How are you this happy day? We are all going along well, I believe.

 

Emma's puttering through a bunch of odd house keeping jobs today, all by her "Cinderella self "because I'm preoccupied with final details for the store. We had our final inspection with the health department this morning. They gave us a green light. The signs are coming Thursday. The printer and scales is working. The baking supplies will be delivered Thursday. We still need a part to fix an oven. We still need to get another credit card terminal working. We still need comment cards and menu flyers printed. The details are endless. But it's also energizing. Jon smiled at my excitement. It's just somehow exhilarating to finally be at the finish line -  or the starting gate, depending on your perspective!

 

The GRAND OPENING for our new store, Homestead Market, as we're calling it, is this Saturday, January 12, from 8 -1.

 

We're planning lots of specials, free doughnuts with a $20.00 purchase, and fill out a comments card to get your name in a drawing for free products.

 

If you're wondering if there's more selection etc. at the home store then in the market trailer, yes and no. There will be a better selection of baked goods, yes, as well as a lunch to go counter. Plus, on Saturday mornings there will be a unique breakfast menu that changes weekly. However, the meat, milk, meals, cheese, etc. selection is all the same as the market trailer's. So no, you're not missing out huge by not coming to the farm. And no, we are not going to stop coming to market. We love the market and our many customers there, and we're not about to give them up.

 

NOTE: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME HERE SATURDAY TO SATISFY YOUR CURIOSITY, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO PICK UP MILK HERE AT THE FARM! WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THERE WILL BE ANY HERE IF YOU DON'T SPECIFY.TYPICALLY WE TAKE EVERY OUNCE TO MARKET ON SATURDAY. SO WE'RE ONLY KEEPING A FEW HERE FOR POTENTIAL NEW CUSTOMERS AND SPECIFIC ORDERS.

 

Specials this week:

Bacon   $9.00/lb  reg price......$$11.00/lb

Maple syrup:

1/2 gal.....$35.00      reg. price....$40.00

qt.............$20.00      reg. price...$23.00

pt.............$12.00      reg. price....$14.00

 

Thank you for your interest and support of Homestead Heritage,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week

Binford Location:            9:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

January 2, 2019

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you this happy day. This is the last day of Christmas vacation for the school children and  we're trying to get some deep cleaning done while we have plenty of help. We did a lot of fall cleaning so now we need to do the indoor deep cleaning like washing walls and curtains, cleaning closets and cupboards.

 

We had a very happy Christmas with Allen and Kathryn and Amanda and Anthony at home. We did something new this year. We got together on Christmas Eve and had a formal dinner - appetizers, soup, salad, shrimp and a filet roast, lemon green beans, baked potatoes, and a cranberry orange pound cake for dessert. Candlelight, formal clothes, the whole nine yards. The men drug their feet initially - no one wanted to get dressed up, and they all thought this sounded like a bunch of ladies' hair brained idea. But in the end, we all thought it was fun. Anthony said he'd get dressed up any day for a feast like that and Allen said the whole thing was better than he thought it'd be. Marlin and Adrian looked quite handsome in their vests and white shirts and slicked down hair. They even helped with the dishes afterward, so it couldn't have been too big a chore getting dressed up. As for me, my favorite part was looking at all those happy faces in candle light. Jonathan, my man of few words, squeezed my hand and told the kids how blessed he felt to have them all. All in all, it was beautiful - I think we'll do it again next year.  

 

Christmas morning was simple - sausage and egg casserole, cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate. With the Christmas story from the Bible and presents ( of course!) it was all around a wonderful day.

 

I planned the Christmas dinner, did the grocery shopping and then made copies of recipes and taped them to the kitchen cupboards. That way the girls and I could all choose a recipe to be responsible for. It cut down the confusion of trying to do a dinner like that by myself, or trying to tell every one what to do to help. Kathryn made the cake, which helped. too.

 

Amanda and Anthony stayed through the week end so Amanda got in on helping the girls and I clean the kitchen from top to bottom. I sure appreciated her help! They went to church with us on Sunday, then left after an early supper.

 

Today Emma, Savannah and Loria are deep cleaning upstairs while Jon and I are working on price points for the lunch counter in the new store, year end accounting, planning an advertising strategy for the store, working out details for signs, etc., etc. Sigh. I still don't like book work.

 

The boys are hauling in wood  for the wood stove, and talking about dismantling the walls that used to house our commercial kitchen in the basement. Since the kitchen moved out, we're taking the walls down to make the whole thing one open area. It will work much better when we have church at out house. 

 

Well, I had better get back to work. Jon needs my input, and the girls are hoping Mom will come help them. 

 

Specials this week:

Ground Beef    $8.00/lb  reg price......$$9.00/lb

 

NOTE: BREAD AND CINNAMON ROLLS WILL BE ON THE MENU THIS WEEK.

 

Blessings to you,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

This week

Binford Location:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

Dec. 24, 2018

Dear Friends,

....Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace, goodwill to men...

The story that never grows old, the news of a Savior's birth, the miracle that is still confounding the minds of men --God with us, God in the flesh. The miracle that must be felt with the heart, believed in the soul for it to become real and tangible.

 I simply love this time of year. I don't love the "obligations", the stress, the hurry, but when Christmas morning comes and we're surrounded by so many blessings, when I soak up the message of Christmas. How could I not love it?

 

There are those people who struggle with the holidays... my uncle who's son died in a car crash. We buried him the day after Thanksgiving. My friend whose sister drowned on Christmas Day. My "daughter" Kathryn who's Daddy was killed in a freak accident the week of Thanksgiving. To each of these people, the only way through the pain is to embrace the reason for them --Jesus! The healer of broken hearts. The love so huge that he would come here for us! If you are one of these who struggle,please know that I am praying today for the healing of your heart. And to all of those of you whose hearts and homes are overflowing with love and blessings, (like me!) I challenge you to find a way to share. Share of your blessings and share of your prayers. A hurting world needs love at Christmas and who better to show Jesus than those that know him?

 

Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

Jonathan and Lucinda Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage

 

 

 

P.S.  Because Christmas falls on a Tues., it doesn't interfere with either week end so it's business as usual.

 

 

 

 

This week

Binford Location:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

Dec. 20, 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Another beautiful December day with the sun shining on all that white frozen frost this morning,and a beautiful, clear sunset ths evening.

 

I spent the day mostly on the phone and finishing Christmas preparations. I still have to do cards. I hope I get them done.... time is swiftly going. The school program is this Thursday and I still have to make a huge birthday cake for Jesus as part of that. We'll probably serve cake and ice cream to the folks that come to the program. Josiah is doing much better with his part. He's actually enjoying it now.

 

The store keeps inching closer to the finish line. Leona priced a bunch of things and organized labels today. Debra is making curtains for the hallway and the window. Adrian built hangers for the curtain and an old quilt that I bought at Jon's grandpa's auction. Tomorrow I want to sand an old shelf unit that's majorly rusted... I was going to toss it on a scrap heap, but my mom, who loves all things antique, said I should sand the rust off and throw on some burlap coffee bags, and use it for display. I was amazed with the results with the first one, so nowI need to do the second one. I must admit I felt a lttle sheepish - I turned up my nose when Jonathan bought those rusted metal skeletons at a sale! He paid $5.00 for them and called them a bargain. (I said we shouldn't waste $5.00 on junk.) Jon couldn't resist a good laugh when Mom wheeled them into the store!

 

Adrian and Marlin went Christmas caroling with the youth group tonight. Since winter has come and the construction on the store is done, they have a lttle more free time. No hay to bale, chickens to butcher, etc. Winter is "fix it " time. They have our old Ford tractor "Alford" in the garage and are working on the transmission and the clutch, both. The little Ford 9N "Freddie" needs an overhaul next. I'm not sure what's worng with him, he's cantankerous on his best days! The hay wrapper needs a tune up, too. Always something to fix. They installed new lights in the milking parlor this week, too.

 

Savannah woke up this morning dizzy with a headache and swollen tonsils, so I let her stay at home from school. She's drinking flu tea and swallowing oderless garlc capsules and feels better tonight. Her teacher sent her school work home so she's working on it while I write. I was looking over her shoulder and my, my, are my math skillls rusty! You know you're hopeless when 6th grade math looks like something vaguely familiar... like you remember seeing it some where before.It might be differant if Math and I had ever been good friends. Unfortunately, I'm so lame with numbers I have trouble with telephone numbers and addresses! I much prefer reading (or writing!).

 

Marlin has Jackson (the horse that was so sick last summer)  back on the road. Sure seems good to see him go prancing out the driveway! Marlin says he doesn't seem to have forgotten his previous training. He wants to hitch him to the buggy this week.

 

I must go. Josiah needs a haircut before the program, so I should do it tonight. Another thing I'm not really good at --haircuts. Sigh. Maybe I'll leave it for tomorrow night and let Adrian do it ?!

 

If you still want cinnamon rolls for Christmas, try again this weekend. I'm sorry, I seriously underestimated the need for cinnamon rolls last week!  I'll try to bring plenty this week. I'm bringing bread again as well. 

 

Specials this week:

whole turkeys  $3.75/lb   reg. price $4.75/lb

brisket  $9.00/lb   reg. price $11.00/lb

 

**REMEMBER  WINTER HOURS ARE 9:00 TO 12:00.

 

Blessings to you,

 Lucinda and Jonathan and family @Homestead Heritage

 

P.S.  Because Christmas falls on a Tues., it doesn't interfere with either week end so it's business as usual.

 

 

 

 

This week

Binford Location:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 Homestead Updates

 

 

Dec. 13, 2018

 

Hello to Everyone,

I'm writing in a hurry this morning because Jon and I are going Christmas shopping in about 30 minutes and I still need to do a lot of homework. 

 

We wanted to drop off this newsletter at Joyce's on our way to town, so I'm hurrying. I also need to do a rough draft on a sign design. After 14 years in business, Homestead Heritage is finally getting a sign at the end of our driveway. I feel like we're coming up in the world!

 

We're decorating the store. I'm loving it. We went to our local antique mart looking for farm "junk" and kitchen ware. That was so much fun. An actual good reason for antique shopping - a farm store! Today I'm going to the Goodwill to look for a couple shelves, frames, etc. I'm hoping for a grand opening mid- January.

 

Acres USA conference was a smashing success this year. We worked a solid 12 hours without sitting down once.... we were falling over tired but we earned enough to finish stocking the store, buy that sign, etc. and Amanda and Anthony put in enough sweat equity to earn 6 months of free food, so all parties were happy!

 

I have plenty of kitchen help again so we did a batch of cinnamon rolls. If you need some for holiday get togethers here's your chance! We're selling them frozen with our other kitchen items. They freeze great. I rewarm slightly to serve. Also, we're baking bread for market - we'll see what the demand is??

 

Must run - my 30 minutes is up!

 

Specials this week:

whole turkeys  $3.75/lb   reg. price $4.75/lb

whole chicken  $3.50/lb   reg. price $3.99/lb

Ham roasts  $7.00/lb       reg price $7.50/lb

 

See you all at the market this week end. It's my turn to go and I'm looking forward to it.

 

Blessings Lucinda and Jonathan

 

P.S. Holiday hours? Same as usual. Because Christmas fall on a Tues. it doesn't interfere with either week end so it's business as usual.

This week

Binford Location:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 December Turkey

Sale

______________

 

Whole Turkey: $3.75/lb

(normally $4.75/lb - one dollar per pound savings!)

Turkey Breast: $10.00/lb

Dec. 3, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you! I feel a little out of touch with all of you....I haven't been to the market for several weeks and probably won't be there this coming week end either.

 

We are cooking, cooking, cooking, for the Acres conference. We're almost to the finish line- we load the trailer tomorrow for departure Wednesday morning.

 

We're doing something different for the conference this year. They asked if I'd do appetizers for their opening ceremony, so we're doing turkey meatballs, spinach dip, cinnamon apple dip, and a cranberry cream cheese thing that is a real hit with my family -- we'll see if other people like it as well. Appetizers were a fun change from all that soup we've been cooking.  400 servings of soup is a lot of soup! We did cookies and cinnamon rolls and lots of bread as well. It's gone very well this year, partly because the new kitchen is such a nice, efficient, place to work, partly because we have an amazing team of employees to work with. Such a blessing!

 

Marlin has been coaching Josiah on the fine art of hunting sparrows. Josiah's in love with that old BB Gun....maybe it's time for a new one?? Then Marlin shot a coyote while hunting deer....Now Josiah wants to shoot a coyote,too! Big brothers are such heroes in little boys' eyes! 

 

Josiah has a star role in the school Christmas program. He's the family "question box" in a play they're doing. Perfect role for Josiah. Problem is, he's not impressed. He came home darkly complaining that everyone laughs when he does his part. I had to try to kindly explain to him that the goal is to do your part so perfectly that everyone laughs because they love you--not because they think you're silly or stupid! Poor boy. First grade can be a little hard to navigate!

 

Amanda and Anthony are coming to Louisville to help us with the conference and then they're coming home with us for the week end. Amanda wants to make Christmas candy and cookies on Saturday. I was tempted to say, "No way! Not after conference. I'll be too tired." But the girls were all cheering and Kathryn seconded the vote, so who am I to rain on their parade? So I decided I'll kick up my feet and enjoy watching them if I'm not real energetic by then!

 

In market news, the coffee is in, and wow is it good. You need to try this stuff! Even I, who don't drink coffee much, could get addicted to this stuff!

 

Specials this week:

 

Save $1.00/lb on whole turkey and chuck roast from 100% grass-fed beef

Pork Fresh Side (pork belly) $6.50/lb

 

Jonathan and the kids will see you Saturday --I'll be home cleaning up the mess from the conference!

Blessings to you and yours,

Jonathan and Lucinda and all 

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

This week:

Binford Location:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

Nov. 29, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings this happy day. I'm sitting at my kitchen table savoring a warm wood fire on a cold day. It's a beautiful sunny day outside but it's cold and I'm like a house cat when it's cold - content to curl up by the fire.

 

Adrian and Marlin are cutting wood and hauling manure - two jobs that go much better when the mud freezes, so today is the perfect day, sunny and cold.

 

Emma is sewing a dress and Jonathan is spending his morning at his desk. I feel like I've been given a gift - a day off! I've been spending a lot of time on the commercial kitchen recently getting ready for the Acres USA conference. The conference is next week and we're catering food for the event. That makes a lot of extra cooking so I've been helping my employees with that. Today Ruth is here and she's a good lead lady so I get a day in the house.

 

Josiah is at home from school today with a strange flu bug. He got up happy this morning, got dressed and ready for school....all at once he's gagging and running for the bathroom. One round of that, a good nap, and now he's playing with his miniature tractors and humming as though he hasn't a  care in the world. Strange. Maybe I should've sent him so school?

 

Jonathan just had a change of plans---Emma looked out the window and yelled "Dad! There's a cow running down the lane!!' Turns out there's a half grown steer on the loose, so Jon and Marlin and the stock dog, Brittany, and went tearing out the lane after it. They're still out there, running that steer in circles. Not anyone's idea of fun. We haven't had this happen for a long time, which was quite all right!! At least it's not the middle of the night!

 

The store is getting really close to a grand opening. If I weren't so preoccupied by Acres conference, we'd probably be ready. As it is, we're planning for the first of January. We'll see.

 

I really need to be Christmas shopping and I haven't even started! Emma said I should've started in September with the way my schedule's been looking! She's probably right. I'm telling myself that to every thing there is a season and God will provide.

 

Marlin and Adrian are turning their attention to other long neglected projects that have gotten pushed back in favor of building the store. Every tractor on the farm needs maintenance, as well as one of our buggies. Jackson's training need to resume, now that the mosquito season is past and he's completely well. Looks like they'll be busy with that most of the winter.

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving week end with family. It's so much fun to reconnect with siblings, parents, and cousins.

 

Specials this week are:

Heavy cream..........$1.00 off

Ham roast .....$7.00/lb reg price....$7.50/lb

Check these hams out ---they're center cut, more meat, less bone. Nicer presentation for a holiday meal.

 

Blessings to All,

Jonathan and Lucinda@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

Nov. 21, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

A very happy Thanksgiving to all. We at Homestead Heritage want you all to know that we are very thankful to all of you. Whether you buy all meat, eggs, and milk from us or the occasional item, we value your business, friendship, and trust. We take very seriously the responsibility that comes with supplying your food, and greatly appreciate your support. Without you there would be no Homestead Heritage. Thanks to you, we get to do what we love to do _farm with our family. 

 

Thank you and God bless you!

Jonathan, Lucinda, Amanda ( I'm sure she'd want her name included), Adrian, Marlin, Emma, Jared, Savannah, Loria, and Josiah

 

 

PS REMEMBER - NO MARKETS THIS WEEKEND. WE'L BE BACK NEXT WEEK END, DEC. 1ST.

 

There will be no markets on November 24. We will be back again on December 1.

 

The farm store will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Nov. 14, 2018

 

Hello Friends,

It's 7:00 Tuesday evening, the girls are taking their showers, Jon and the boys are finishing chores, so I thought it might be a good time to write.

 

The girls and I spent the evening cooking. Savannah made breakfast cookies to eat with cream tomorrow morning. Emma chopped apples to eat with a new fruit dip recipe we found. Loria made a dressing for a beet salad we planned for  dinner tomorrow. I made the fruit dip and peeled potatoes. With a brisket marinating for dinner tomorrow, dinner is planned and prepped. Relief, because Leona, Debra, Emma, ad I are planning to spend the day in the new kitchen tomorrow. I rarely help with the market kitchen cooking, but my head lady Ruth needs a day off, and we need to start cooking for the Acres USA conference that we're catering in December. So I'm "going to work" tomorrow.

 

Also, we have a P.T.A. meeting tomorrow evening so it helps to have a dinner made ahead.

 

Marlin, Adrian, and Jon got the heat done in the new building today. It's a nice, toasty , warm in there tonight. Tomorrow they plan to work on counters for the store. They're building sales counters, shelving, etc.

 

I spent the day on the phone making arrangements for several wholesale accounts for product for the store. I found a good source for organic coffee, so maybe it will soon be back in stock. I'm talking to a lady from Kentucky about soap. Since my friend quit making it for sale, I've been looking for a source for that as well. I've learned a lesson - buy from people that are committed. As much as I like to help my friends out, I don't like disappointed customers when the product disappears! So, my cousin was telling me about a lady in her church in Kentucky who does a good job with soap, She has a beautiful product and she comes from a low income area, which means she needs the money enough to stay with the business for the long haul. She's gong to bring me some product, so we'll see.

 

Here's a turkey brine recipe that I like, thought I'd share it.

 

Turkey Marinade

1 cup salt

3 T brown sugar (I use sucanat)

1 tesp. black pepper

1 1/2 tesp.red pepper

1 1/2 gal. water

 

I mix spices in 1/2 gal. warm water, put turkey in 5 gal bucket, pour brine mixture over, and add 1 gal. cold water last. Brine should cover turkey. if it doesn't, simply mix up enough to cover. Set bucket somewhere cool, like a garage, and allow to soak for 3 days.

 

On the 4th day, bake, tightly covered, for 9 hours at 275*. Leave sit several hours, covered to cool. Pull meat from bones, slice breast meat, arrange in a baking pan, pour broth over, and refrigerate until serving. Reheat at 300* for about 30 min. in a 9 x 13 pan. May take longer if your pan is bigger, and fuller. I like to do this the day before. Less mess on Thanksgiving Day, perfect, juicy turkey. Takes time, but it's not hard to do.

 

Well, Jon's done, showers are done, tea is brewed, I think we'll all sit down and relax for a while before bedtime.

 

Blessings, Lucinda and Jonathan

@Homestead Heritage

 

 

 Special for Thanksgiving

  * All butter save $1.00/ lb

 

HIGHLIGHTS

*Turkeys

*Fresh supply of beef and pork

*Organic apples

 

 

From Garcia's Garden for Saturday's pick up

*We have vegetables available for pre-order

*Pre-order by Thursday at market.garciasgardens.com

to pick up Saturdays at the Northview Church Binford Campus

*If you have any questions please call 765-532.0351 or email me at farmerdan@garciasgardens.com

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

Nov. 8, 2018

 

Hello Friends,

 

Greetings from the Gingerich farm.This has been an interesting week here. (At least we were interested!) For starters, we've reached a milestone with our new store building: The commercial kitchen moved from the basement of our house to the new building! Construction is down to final details and we're getting down to planning a grand opening for the store. We are super excited! Amanda and Anthony, and my cousin and namesake, Lucinda Detweiler, and her husband, Mahlon, were here over the weekend to help us finish construction, clean up the mess, and move in. It was so much fun! After 2 years of working every spare moment, it's finally nearing completion. It's so nice to streamline the whole process of cooking and freezing all those soups, quiches, and meals. Also lard and broth making will be so much smoother. Plus, with the egg processing room at the other end of the building, that goes so much smoother as well. This building is a dream becoming reality. More than just a farm store, it's a huge labor saving mechanism. We've been studying "lean farming", a spin on the lean industry model for several years, and we're all excited about  how much leaner our labor processes can become with this one building. It's going to be the hub of the farm.

 

Another interesting development this week: I'm going to visit an organic apple orchard and vegetable farm. I found a farm within reasonable driving distance, and am hopeful that they can be a source of strawberries and apples to sell through the store and markets as well. One of our goals for the store here at the farm is to provide good quality, chemical free, fruit and vegetables to the community. Since we cannot possibly do it all, I'm looking for other farmers to partner with. So I'm excited about that as well. 

 

On my way home from Michigan, I want to stop at several Amish owned stores to pick up fabric for this winter's sewing. Emma's 16th birthday is coming up, which means she will be joining the youth group. Which in turn means she needs a new wardrobe, so she's going with me. Exciting day for a 16 year old girl. What woman doesn't want a new wardrobe?

 

All in all, a busy productive week, the boys are settling the laying chickens into the hoop house for winter, putting all the portable shelters, fences, feeders up, draining pasture water lines, and so on.

 

Jonathan had a meeting wth a genetics speciallist for the dairy, he's also working on finishing the heating system for the new building, and finishing out a deal for a new egg carton label.... business as usual.

 

 

Special this week:

New York Strip Steak.....$16.00/lb. reg. price $19.00/lb

Chicken Frames...............$2.50/lb    reg. price $3.00/lb

See you all this week end!

 

Blessings to all,

Jonathan and Lucinda @

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

P.S. Amanda enjoyed her return to the market, although she was amazed at how quickly she's become a little out of practice! Did her good to see some of her old friends again.

 

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

                            *Turkeys   14 -20 #

We will bring extra so if you haven't ordered, there are some available.

                                       *Sale

*New York Strip Steak......$16.00/lb.......reg.$19.00/lb

*Chicken Frames for broth.....$2.50/lb....reg.$3.00/lb

 

                                *New Products

 Certified Organic apples from Molter Orchard in Michigan. We personally visited the farm and can recommend their products as delicious and high quality.

       *Honey Crisp

       *Fuji

       *Gala

 

                                 *Greens

                      from Gracia's Gardens

 

October 27, 2018

 

Hello Friends,

 

Another Monday morning and I'm trying to get my bearings for the week ahead of us.

 

Emma and I need to go clean the school house this afternoon. The Mom's take turns in groups of 2 or 3 to clean once a month. The teachers and students do a daily 15 minute sweep floors, dust chalkboard erasers, scrub sinks and toilets, routine, then Moms are responsible for mopping floors, washing finger prints, windows, etc.

 

Tomorrow we go to my home town for a funeral. An older lady from the church I grew up in passed away, and Jon and I thought we should go to show support for her family.

 

Wednesday is our day for employees to come to cook, clean the trailer, make butter, etc

 

Thursday, we process the last batch of chickens for the season. (Hard to believe it's that time already.).

 

Friday, Amanda and Anthony, and my cousin and namesake, Lucinda and her husband Mahlon, are coming for the weekend. If it all goes as planned ,we want to move the commercial kitchen from our basement to the new store building.

 

Sounds like another busy week. In answer to the questions my readers are asking: Do we ever play, relax, or sleep, or do anything besides work?! Yes, yes, and yes! smile. While I admit, this summer and fall has been extremely busy with plenty of stress, we do get our time off. Here's how: We do NOTHING on Sunday that is not absolutely necessary. Meaning, yes, we go to church, yes, we feed the animals and milk the cows. But beyond that , we completely relax. We read, play games, take a walk (or nap), visit friends and family,etc. The teenagers usually spend Saturday evening hanging out with their friends and Sunday eve we have a hymn singing/supper/ socializing time for all youth. The younger kids are adept at grabbing a chance to ride their bikes, bird watch, (Loria) shoot sparrows! (Josiah) play ball or build a make believe Indian village under the pine tree. When I came home from the market Saturday afternoon, the girls were making/decorating cut out cookies. Emma, ever the artistic one, found a recipe for fondant and just had to try it. The boys offered to do evening chores without Dad's help, so Jon and I had an hour completely to ourselves before he went to study for church on Sunday and I cooked supper. The girls washed the supper dishes and I called my Mom and Amanda, then we all went to bed early. So , Yes, we work hard but we get our rest and recharge time as well. The nice thing about farming is that it"s never boring because there's not daily repetition. It's rewarding to see all those happy customers at the market, it keeps you physically fit, and it's somehow emotionally sustaining when you work with nature. The wind in your face, the stars in a crisp, cold, night sky, a happy, wiggly, dog that's ever eager to greet you, and a warm, wood fire to come inside to after chores. All in all we love it and wouldn't trade it.

 

Thanks to all of you that asked the questions- I needed that to remind myself to reflect on the happy moments. I tend to get caught up in plan, organize, get'er done.

 

Jon and I will probably stay home with the guests this weekend and let the kids manage the market. See you all next week.

 

Special this week:

chicken breast.....$9.00/lb. reg. price $9.75/lb

 

Also, I should let you know, we did about 15 - 20 turkey breasts this year. Thought we'd see what the reception is to that. If you'd like to reserve one, call, email, or just put in an order at the market.

 

Blessings to your, Jonathan and Lucinda @

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

 

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

October 24, 2018

 

Hello Friends,

 

Blessings to you all today. We spent the last two days processing turkeys. For certain the last two days have been the most beautiful October turkey processing days we've had in 14 yrs of farming. Sure makes a hard job easier when your fingers aren't stiff and your toes numb with cold! Mom and Dad came to help again this year. We always look forward to having them here. Come to think about it, I'm sure that makes a hard job much easier, too! Mom cooks and keeps house and Daddy does all the odd jobs around the house that need fixing or repair. This year he worked on plumbing the new store building. We are all exhausted, but it sure is a  good feeling seeing the fruits of our labor line up on a freezer shelf, ready for sale.

 

Debra and Leona are cleaning the market trailer this afternoon, now that the turkey project is done. Those girl's energy amazed me. I'm feeling like I could use a nap, they're volunteering to clean the trailer. Wow!

 

The boys are talking about moving the turkey building across lots to the home farm tomorrow morning. If they get it done before the neighbors do their fall tillage, they don't have to load it on a trailer and go around on the road with an over-sized load.

 

If you've noticed that the milk or cream isn't quite as sweet lately, know that Jon's working on it. It's all about balance in the cow's feed and fall of the year throws another learning curve at us. He said there's plenty of alfalfa (protein), but evidently there's not enough grass hay (carbs) in their diet right now. So he's going to do some tweaking. I notice it especially in the cream. Probably because when you take the skim milk out you're taking out most of the milk sugar. What's left is the fat, and the flavor really concentrates in fat. If I sweeten the cream, that off flavor disappears. also, in September, when the cows were grazing higher carb sorghum/sudan grass, the milk was sweet and perfectly smooth and creamy. So we'll keep working on it.

 

Just a reminder, or if you haven't yet heard, we'll be at North View Church all winter. So in spite of the market closing this week end, we'll be there every Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00. Also, Tractor supply, Noblesville, every Saturday 12:30 - 2:00. 

 

In family news, Loria made 3 home runs and caught 3 fly balls yesterday. Little Miss Mighty was smiling from dimple to dimple when she came home from school!

 

Josiah got his first reading book this week. He's all enthused about it. He's starting to pick up books at home and make a valiant attempt to read them. His coloring and writing skills are improving. Much to his chagrin, his teacher and I put our heads together to devise an accountability program for the above mentioned skills. They're just not nearly as much fun as reading!

 

Jared has been helping Jon and Adrian with milking chores pretty regularly. It's nice to have another someone who knows what's going on there, in case one or the other gets called away.

 

Adrian's going to be helping Jerry with harvest soon, as that's the deal: Jerry chores for us if we leave for a few days, then Adrian helps him in return. 

 

Marlin's been teaching Emma and Savannah to drive the tractor. They get called upon for chores a lot more since we're milking and the guys are stretched a little thin.

 

Oh yes, the funny story of the week- Grandma went with Josiah and Loria to gather the eggs. Upon arrival at the chicken coop, Grandma gave the entrance ramp a long look and then being a good sport, clamored up on all fours. Josiah stared in speechless amazement for a moment then exclaimed, "Grandma that's how the dogs do it!" We all thought that was hilarious. Grandma says my kids are as nimble as little mountain goats!

 

I must go -

Specials this week:

summer sausage ...$10.00/lb. reg. price $12.00/lb

Beef shank bones....$6.50/lb  reg price...$7.50/lb

Also, turkeys are ready for pick up, Jon will try to bring a nice variety to market from now through Thanksgiving.

 

Thanks for your support of sustainable farming. We're proud to be your farmer!

Lucinda and Jonathan Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

October 16, 2018

 

Hello Friends,

 

Greetings from the farmer's wife. Hope your day is happy. It's a happy day here. I was delayed gettng supper started so Jon and the boys went to chore early and then we'll eat after chores. Savannah and Loria went with them, Emma opted to stay here at the house and mix cookies and pack school lunches while I made supper. We're having honey mustard turkey meatballs, sweet potatoes and zucchin cheddar bake.

 

Fall has certainly arrived! The fire in the wood stove feels so good. I'm nearly done with my fall ourdoor work. Relief, with the cold weather setting in. I cleaned out the garage last week and power washed it as well. Now there's the North side of the house to do yet and that's waiting on the boys or Jon to help me. Because of the basement door there, it's two stories and involves clamoring up on the skid steer bucket with a power washer. Not my kind of expertise whatsoever!

 

Josiah's birthday is this week, so we baked a cake and decorated it, then put it in the freezer until his birthday. Two reasons for this. First being that he loves red raspberries and I wanted to make a red raspberry cream cheese cake that I found in a magazine, so I made it and froze it  while we still had red raspberries fresh from the garden.

 

Reason two is that I'm going to be gone for the day  on his birthaday , so I wanted to simplify his birthaday dinner preparations to make it possble to come home and still celebrate his birthday.

 

Of all things, I'm going to a Joel Salatin marketing school in Indianapolis. I'm glad it's so close. I can come home for dinner and the night, then go back the 2nd day. Jon went to one of his schools back in March, and loved it. So this time we decided I should go. Partly because Jon's time is too precious right now and partly because I like the marketing end of business better then he does.

 

Next week is turkey butchering week, so we need to get some work done ahead of time to simplify for that.

 

Also, it's time for boots, coats, sweaters, etc. so I'm trying to get a list together and the girls and I are going to Kohl's and several thrift stores after school tomorrow. The boys tease me about being a real bag lady, but I could care less. I'm a complete fan of thrift stores. I'm even starting to rub off on my son-in-law who were initially slightly skeptcal. 

 

Adrian and Marln need new pants, so I'm trying to find time for that as well. There's always something to do!

 

Loria came home from school with a virus, so we spent a quiet week end at home. (At least she and I did. Jon and the girls went to market.) The boys drug out the pigs' winter hut, made some repairs and reinforcements, made a bedding pack from wood chips and moved pigs in from their jaunt through the woods. One more major job done and buttoned up for winter. Several more of the children woke up with a touch of the virus Sunday morning, so we took a rare Sunday off from church and rested, drank lots of flu tea and by this morning every one was well and going again.

 

Here 's the flu tea recipe. If you need a winter tonic, here it is.

2 parts peppermint

1 part oregano --I omit, I don't like the flavor

1 part echinacea leaf

1 part mullein

1 part comfrey

I boil 1/2 gal. of water and add1/2 cup of this mixture. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain, sweeted, drink hot or chilled with ice.

 

Specials this week:

chicken wings ...$4.00/lb. reg. price $4.50/lb

ground pork.....$6.50/bl     reg, price  $7.00/lb

 

Have a wonderfull week!

Lucinda and Jonathan Gingerich@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

 

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

October 4, 2018

 

Greetings from the Farmer's Wife,

Today's one of those days when my energy hardly keeps up with my enthusiasm! It's a perfect October Day and I just can't go fast enough to suit myself. Emma and I started power washing siding and deep cleaning windows, doors, sidewalks and window screens.

The forecast for this week is windy and warm so I thought we'd get our fall cleaning started now that I'm done with harvest.

 

Jon helped me finish putting the garden to bed for winter, now he's working on getting more pasture seeded at the dairy farm. 

 

We're also working on churning two large batches of butter this afternoon. I'll probably have Savannah and Loria package it after school.

 

The boys moved cattle from neighbor Stanley's farm to Dad's farm this afternoon and moved the pigs to the woods for their annual acorn scavenging. We're careful not to leave them in one spot long enough to do the woods damage, but they love their one pass!

 

Our apple trees didn't bear much this year so I'm trying to decide what to do now. I found an orchard in Southern Michigan that's certified organic but it's 2 hrs away... We'll see. Any ideas on something closer to home that's organic or at least low spray?

 

Oh Whoa----Adrian just radioed home for help. He has a wagon full of corn capsized on the road and needs help! Jon and Marlin and Jared scrambled into action with tractors and chains plus the skid and scoop shovels. Looks like chores will be delayed. Sigh.

 

LATER: Jared finally came home to do the chores and brought the details. Adrian turned out for a passing car and dropped a wagon wheel off the road. Our road is just narrow enough to be a problem. And the road ditch is just sharp enough to flip a wagon. Bet it's a little hard on Adrian's pride. He's  a good driver and good with equipment. Oh well, accidents happen. Thankfully no one was hurt.

 

Two neighbors came to help shovel and one neighbor lady drove her car through the recently harvested bean field to get a good look at it all. Adrian is darkly suggesting that she better NOT put pictures on facebook! He will not be impressed with his Mama for writing about it in a newsletter either. smile

 

CHANGE the subject to a safer one. I had an interesting conversation with a farmer from southern IN recently. He's a contract turkey grower with one of the big Ag companies, I didn't ask which one. He grows 12,000 turkeys in a batch, multiple batches per year. He tells me he's a 2nd generation turkey grower, his Dad started the business back in the 70s. His voice turned sad as he told me the story. And I quote "Dad made more money on one batch than I make in a year. There's just no money left in it. The company wants me to build a bigger barn....they promise me  a market for more birds. But that's an awful lot of money invested, and I'll owe my soul to the bank and the company. I just don't know what to do." His wife and children are not at all crazy about direct marketing, they tried one summer at a local farmer's market and she's just not cut out to be a sales lady. So he's just out of options and ideas. What do you think went through my mind? "Thank you Lord, for people who understand the logistics of food, farming, sustainability, and paying farmers a fair wage."

 

I realize that a pastured turkey costs enough to make the average person gulp....to help newcomers to the scene understand, here are a few figures: Turkey poult-$5.00, feed $11.00, housing $3.00, land rent/payment$1.00, processing $10.00, losses (coyotes, owls, weather extremes) $8.00. All of this comes to a total of $38.00 per bird cost. When you figure in labor for daily feeding, moving fences, etc. it's higher. So the profit on a 15# turkey is somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 or 33%.

 

Then there's the fact that 12,000 turkeys in one building can not be very comfortable. Imagine your entire family living in your spare bedroom and you get the picture! NO doubt in anyone's mind, turkeys would prefer to be outdoors in the sunshine, eating bugs and clover. And when that is the case, it translates to a healthier choice for you --more omega 3, less omega 6, more vitamin A,O,E, less cholesterol, no GMO's, no antibiotics to keep bird alive until slaughter: just plain goodness. To quote Wendal Berry " I dislike the idea that an animal has been made miserable to feed me." So if it's within your means to buy that expensive turkey, so the earth, the farmer, and your body a big favor and do so!

 

It's called voting for change with your food dollars. In the past 15 years of making changes in our own eating/buying habits, I can certainly testify that the things I had to mail order from a handful of companies around the country (peanut butter, mayo, raisins, unrefined sugar, sprouted grains, row vinegar, non toxic cleaners,...) Today all of the above are available at our local grocery store. And not just one brand, but several! Consumer demand drives change. Americans have been conditioned to cheap food at all costs. By voting with our food dollars we can send the message that cheap is not the only factor involved.

 

Anyway, thank your for lending me your ear with this lengthy newsletter! 

 

Special this week, whole chicken $3.50/lb. reg. price $3.99.

 

Thanks for your  friendship, we take pride in being your farmer.

Lucinda and Jonathan@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

 

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

September 26, 2018

 

Dear Friends, 

 

Greetings from the Gingerich family.... rainy day here. It's rained all day, a steady gentle downpour and we decided the mood matched the day and just took it very easy. Something we rarely do!

 

Jon and the boys had chiropractor appointments this afternoon and I had a slight head cold/allergy something going on. All of us felt downright yucky so after appointments we all crashed for a nap for about an hour before school children arrived home. 

Emma puttered through some sewing and put a chicken in the oven to bake for supper. After my nap, I made mashed potatoes to go with the chicken. Green peas and fermented slaw rounded out a simple dinner. 

 

Now the children and Jon are doing the evening chores and I packed the lunch boxes for tomorrow. There's still time for a newsletter and maybe a few other odd jobs before Jon and I have to be ready for a 7:00 meeting. 

 

Lately the boys have been working on cutting wood for the winter's heat and maple syrup season. That's a big job that takes a while to complete. Rainy days and off moments are spent working in the store building.

 

I've been working on sewing lately. I'm sure if you've seen Jared lately you've noticed that he's grown like a weed this summer! He's outgrowing all his clothes so I have my work cut out for me. Thankfully I have quite a few hand-me-downs from his big brothers to help fill some of the gaps. Marlin needs new pants as well and Loria needs new head coverings.

 

The brooder house is empty - the last batch of chicks for the season having gone out to pasture. Already. It seems the seasons just fly and before I know it, it's another year already! 

 

The boys cleaned out the chick bedding and put everything to rights in there as they use the brooder house for a farm shop in the winter. It's the only outbuilding on this farm that is insulated so we can heat it. It's a little tight quarters for thing like tractor and skid loader repairs and maintenance but it will do. Maybe someday we'll get an actual farm shop/equipment shed, for now we're grateful for a concrete floor and a some what warm place to work when the snow flies.

 

Thanks to each of you that sent a recipe for bug spray after my complaining about the mosquitoes! Loria is mixing some up right now, the second batch actually. 

 

Quick note: We'll be staying at the current parking spot after the market ends. Also, if you buy from Garcia's Garden, ask Daniel how you can pick up fresh veggies from his farm at out trailer this winter!

 

As always, thanks for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture.

 

Lucinda and Jonathan

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

 

 

September 19, 2018

 

Hello Friends, 

 

Greetings from the Gingerich family. Another beautiful September day. The mosquitoes aren't quite so bad since it hasn't rained lately, so we took advantage of the opportunity to clear the garden. All the tomato, squash and melon rinds were still patiently waiting for removal, so Marlin and Jared spent most of last Saturday clearing that mess, pulling irrigation lines and tearing out all the trellising and plastic mulch. Now that all that is done, I can run the tiller through and then plant a winter cover crop.Also, Jon wants to plant lettuce and spinach for use during winter and spring.

 

Today I'm making soap, something that I try to do every spring and fall. I make big batches, enough to last 6 or 8 months. I discovered years ago that my skin does so much better with homemade lye soap than anything I can buy.  It's really quite easy - just dangerous. How's that for a ridiculous statement?! The process is easy to learn and easy to do. It's just that lye is very caustic and when mixed with water forms a vapor that will burn eyes, lungs, and anything else it touches. So I wear gloves, stay low, and am very careful. I'm always amazed that something so dangerous is so much a part of a very organic process - soap making! In the end, it's a feeling of satisfaction of a job well done, and plenty of solid white soap to keep our laundry clean and us as well! I usually add some simple scents like lemon or lavender essential oils to our bath soap. Laundry soap, I don't bother. I like the scent of clean better than "flavor" in my laundry. I'm a little suspicious that they add all that scent to laundry soap just to mask the odors of what doesn't wash out?? Simple, old fashioned, and home made, that's me.

 

I also need to do some cooking today, as we're processing chickens tomorrow and I won't have time to cook. I'm going to make a sausage, veggie, biscuit casserole and some pies with a couple of crusts that I had in the freezer.

 

I picked red raspberries last night and was really happy with the yield, so I thought I'd make a couple pies. Emma has been experimenting with making cream cheese so I thought I'd use it to make one of our favorite pies. Try this:

Bake 1 pie shell for 8-10 min at 425* ( Prick well with a fork before baking.)

Meanwhile, cream 1 - 8 oz bar cream cheese with about 1/2 cup powdered sugar or sweetener of your choice. (I use raw honey.) Add about a teaspoon of grated lemon peel. Put in bottom of baked, cooled, pie shell. Add 2 cups fresh berries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, all are good. Pour the following glaze over fruit and refridgerate to set, at least 1-2 hrs. Glaze: 1/2 cup water, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin, 1/4 cup honey. Mix all in small sauce pan, heat gently, whisking all the while until mixture thickens and is bubbly. Cool slightly, so you don't wilt your fruit and spoon over pie. Absolutely delicious and very easy to make. This is one dessert I don't feel guilty about and my family never gets enough of it.

 

In other news, I should mention that we will be staying at our current location for winter markets. The Northview church folks were very accommadating of the idea, so we will be staying on there and you will not have to readjust to different locations! To those of you from the 82/Hague neighborhood, I'm sorry for the disappointment. I know some of you had hoped we would be back there for winter. 

 

The farm store is coming along well. We hope to be open for business by Thanksgiving..... we'll see.

 

Enjoy these beautiful fall days, winter will be here before we know it. 

 

Thank you for your support of Homestead Heritage and sustainable agriculture. We love being your farmer!

 

Blessings to you all,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

September 13, 2018

Good Morning!

 

Jon just left for town deliveries as well as a bunch of errands, the boys are unloading yesterday's hay, the children have gone off to school, Emma's doing the laundry in the basement, so I thought here's my chance to write in peace and quiet.

 

Jon wants to pick up some insulation for the attic in the store building. Since the wiring is all complete, we can finish insulation and button up one more thing. Progress feels so good when it's been such a huge project.

 

Emma and I are going to brave the tomato row later this morning. I want to can salsa today, but with the unseasonal rain in the last several weeks, the mosquitoes are so bad they literally drive you out of the garden. Jon told me to put the orchard sprayer on the tractor and use it's fan to drive the pesky creatures away long enough to grab my tomatoes. We've lived here for 15 years and while part of the woods is swamp and mosquitoes are always a problem, we've never seen anything like this! This year I will be very glad to see a killing frost. 

 

I know it's only September but we're already thinking Thanksgiving. Turkeys are growing and we're planning processing for late October. Turkey order forms are available on our website or pick one up at the market.

 

We had two more baby calves born this week. The little calves are so soft and sweet. Loria loves the little creatures. She's such a little farmer! She digs in and helps with every farm chore, no matter how gritty. But the babies always fascinate  her. She knows where every bird's nest full of babies is. Marlin's horse, Lady, is expecting a foal next spring and Loria is already anticipating it's birth!

 

Jackson is fully recovered and Marlin had intentions of restarting training, but with the mosquito infestation going on, he's thinking Jackson doesn't need any extra stress on his immune system, so it may wait until after frost.

 

With more baby calves, comes more milking. Also, we're keeping a tight eye on the cooling system, and the milk is keeping the full 2 weeks again, so all of that is good news. I think the milk's just incredibly good lately. Jon says it's the result of more mature grass, pastures coming into their element after several grazing cycles this summer.

 

Well, Emma's ready to go for those tomatoes and I need to go help her. Take care and have a happy week!

 

Specials for this week are:

 

Fresh Chicken

Smoked Sausage (Andouille and Jalapeno) @ $8.50/lb reg price $10.00/lb

 


 

Blessings to you all,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

September 7th, 2018

 

Just want to confirm that Homestead Heritage will be at the markets on Saturday, September 8th, rain or shine! Even if the market master closes the farmers market due to rain, Homestead Heritage will be there and remain open. See you tomorrow! 

 

September 5th, 2018

 

Dear Friends, 

Due to a death in the family, Homestead Heritage will not be posting a newsletter or specials this week. Markets and store hours will be open as usual.

 

Please feel free to place your order via email to homesteadheritage@gmail.com, and stay tuned for farm updates, specials and the Homestead Newsletter next week!

 

Blessings to you all,

Lucinda and Jonathan

@ Homestead Heritage Farm

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

Specials for Saturday, August 8, 2018

 

*Thanksgiving Turkey early bird sign up save $5.00

                        (download forms on poultry page of homesteadheritagellc.com))

 

*Grass-fed ground beef $8.50/lb  reg. price $9.00/lb

 

*Just processed fresh chicken

 

Hello to all the happy people, 

 

Good morning ! I woke up this morning and thought "Oh no! I forgot the newsletter!" So I'm quickly writhing. Poor Joyce is going to have to hustle this out as well. I don't like to leave her with such short notice and deadlines. 

 

In defense of myself, we spent 2 days in Ohio with the passing of my Grandfather...The other one that is. Yes, we buried both of my grandfathers in two weeks time. In between that, we spent 2 days with Amanda and Anthony and 1 day with my parents. It's been a crazy 2 weeks!

 

This grandfather was not capable of caring for himself and his mind had gone. We've been praying that God would take him home, and our prayers were answered. The graveyard for the church he belonged to is on top of a mountain. (I'm calling it that, , it's the biggest "hill" I've ever seen. My cousins tell us this is Appalachian foot hill country.) In a peaceful little meadow, it overlooks the most beautiful hills and valleys for miles and miles. The thought that went through my mind, was that song Vince Gill sang.

"Go Rest high on that mountain Son, your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a shouting, love for the Father, and the son."

 

My siblings and I hadn't seen him for several years since he'd been so changed, and we all agreed, we'd rather remember him as he used to be. A bigger copy of my Daddy, calm, gentle, and capable. He came to help us remodel our house when I was a teenager and stayed for several weeks. It's interesting to hear what all of us remembered from those weeks.

 

Burying my grandfathers has given me plenty of time to reflect on the heritage I was given and what's the legacy I'm leaving?

 

In other news, we've been working in the store building since it rained 4 whole inches and brought farm work to a  halt until all the water goes down and the ground dries. We're painting walls and Jon and the boys are finishing up plumbing and wiring. Feels good to see something take shape in there!

 

More cows calved while we were gone, so hopefully there's plenty of milk for the week end. We hate to turn customers away empty handed!

 

The garden is showing serious neglect. With being gone so much, plus being too wet to get in to harvest or weed, it's a mess!

 

I want to can a bunch of tomatoes today. I sure an grateful for Emma's help! She graduated in May. Just in time with Amanda's leaving.

 

Jackson is doing so much better. I dare say, back to normal. Amazing! He ran away from Marlin yesterday. Needless to say, he got a swift lesson in obedience! Still, it sure is good to see him feel good enough to run away!

 

I need to stop rambling. Jon is ready to go to Joyce's with this letter. Thanks for your friendship and support of Homestead Heritage!

 

 Jonathan and Lucinda@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

August 15th, 2018   

         

Dear Friends,

Greetings this happy day. I wonder what everyone is doing today... I always think it's just amazing that God sees everyone of us at once, knows just what we need, and what's ahead of us. When we're limited to time and space, God is not! So it's fun to think about writing a letter to hundreds of people and while I can't see one of them, God sees them all!

 

It's been an unusual week. First, we spent 2 days with Amanda and Anthony, got to see her house all fixed up and lived in. ( I hadn't seen it since it was being painted.) We went to church with them, so we got to know her new community a little, and then spent a day with them at the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum in Kentucky. That was an inspiring day! It answered so many of my questions about how the Ark might have looked and functioned.

 

After 2 days at home, spent catching up yard and garden as well as laundry (!) and farm work , tomorrow we plan to go help Mom and Dad with a greenhouse project that's too big for my Dad alone. We'll have Friday to get some work done, before Saturday's market, and then on Monday school starts. Jared is entering his 8th and last year and Josiah is starting his 1st. One is as happy as the other!

 

We bringing something new to market this week---sweet corn! I had some space to plant something, and since my first crop didn't do so great, decided to plant a second. Whoa! Bumper crop! I know we'll never eat all of this, so we're sharing. So if you like sweet corn, and have a hard time finding organic corn, come and grab your chance. We ate some for lunch and it lived up to it's name--Incredible!

 

This evening we're going to a church picnic. It looks like rain, but that's o.k. If it rains we'll move into the garage. I'm looking forward to it. I'd better sign off, the girls need help with washing eggs so I need to go. Usually, we wash eggs early in the morning, but since we're leaving at 6:30 a. m. We thought it best to get it done this afternoon. Also, I volunteered to grill burgers for the picnic, so I need to get that done as well. 

 

 

Special this week is

Ground Turkey.......$8.00/lb       regular price is $10.00/lb

 

 

Have a great day!

Jonathan and Lucinda@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

Note: beef and pork will be back in full supply. A new harvest of honey is back as well.

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

 

Also, Just a reminder that since I work every Friday the orders need to be in by 7:00 Fridaymorning or I can't guarantee that I'll see it in time to get it in. Also, please let me know where you will pick up at. Thanks, Joyce

 

 

 

August 8th, 2018

 

Dear Friends,

 

Greetings from the farmers wife. I'm grabbing a quiet moment in the midst of a hectic day. My thought are rather helter - skelter and I need to collect them before I start writing...Today --- process chickens, laundry, butter making, clean market trailer, farm tour for a group of home-school families, check on the hay that's down, schedule baler, move new shipment of baby chicks into brooder, shoe horse, help customers, clean basement, mix a batch of cookies to  bake early tomorrow, fold laundry before the rain catches it on the line, (Oh, Lord, rain today when Jon has hay down?), pick the last bucket full of green beans, check phone messages, return calls. Triumph! 4 surviving water melons after a battle with squash bugs, wash eggs, put yesterday's canned green beans safely in storage for winter and wash the canners, transfer a load of meals (soup and quiche) to the freezer, (Ruth and Rosalyn spent the day cooking) stir chicken remains into compost after processing, decide to mow more hay?! I think that's about it---- and it's only 3:15 p.m. Small wonder my mind is spinning.

 

Tomorrow we plan to babysit Kathryn's children, make a bunch of food for the weekend, and Jon has a beginning farmer coming to"tag along" for the day, learn from Jon and help where needed. That should be interesting.

 

Friday evening, we're having guests for dinner. New friends we met last winter in the Bahamas. They're from Muncie so we invited them to dinner. Muncie seems practically next door when you meet in the Bahamas! I hope Jon and the boys get their hay in before then because that could be a serious conflict of interest.

 

We're also getting ready for a trip to Amanda's. I'm absolutely excited! The kids are, too. And so is Amanda. She's slightly homesick so I hope some company will cheer her up!

 

Well, I need to go get the leftovers in the fridge warmed for supper. I'd like to get some house cleaning done tonight, so there's not such a pressured schedule tomorrow when Kathryn's little ones are here. It's no fun when there's such a hurry, hurry, that there's no time to enjoy them! I think dinner will be leftovers on paper plates and to bed early after such a crazy day! Thank God for Debra and Leona's help. I don't know what I'd do without them!

 

Special this week is

Beef Chunks.......$9.00/lb       regular price is $10.00/lb

 

 

Blessings,

Jonathan and Lucinda@

Homestead Heritage Farm

 

 

This week:

Binford Market:            8:00 to  12:00               (65th  Binford)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

 

Also, Just a reminder that since I work every Friday the orders need to be in by 7:00 Friday morning or I can't guarantee that I'll see it in time to get it in. Also, please let me know where you will pick up at. Thanks, Joyce

 

July 26th, 2018

              Bulk Buy Updates

We are sending Beef and pork to slaughter on August 1.  

Openings are available for:

 

1 Whole beef

 

2 Whole hogs

 

We can split these up in halves or quarters.

 

We have a limited quantity of bulk ground beef boxes:

30#  box for $245.00

 

Please call (765-628-3561) or email (homesteadheritage@gmail.com)  if you want a box of ground beef delivered to the market.

 

Click on the following links to be directed to the downloadable Beef or Pork Bulk order forms on our website:

Pork

Beef

 

Want to learn more about Homestead Heritage Farm?

 

Read the recent article in the Kokomo Tribune featuring Homestead Heritage by clicking on the following link: ByGod'sDesignHomesteadHeritageArticleInKokomoTribune.

April 12, 2018

 

Dear Friends, 

Such a perfectly beautiful day! At last it's warm, sunny, and "Springtimey"! I was beginning to wonder when spring would come. Makes me think of that old song about, "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands!" The purple martins are back, chirping, the kids are dancing around barefoot, the animals are all begging to go out to that green pasture they see from their winter quarters. The lettuce in the little greenhouse in my garden is just growing and growing. All of nature rejoices in springtime!

 

I'm late again with this newsletter. (Sigh!) The wedding is looming and it's down to crunch time now. Jon and the boys spent the day working in the "wedding barn" as we call it. Jon's running a temporary gas line for stoves, spreading gravel, etc. while the girls and I spent the week with last minute details, plus sprucing up and uncluttering our own house in preparation for company. The big project this week was the wedding cake. Wonder if we were crazy? Why not just hire a proffessional cake lady? (Adrian said because this family has more than it's share of over achievers!) Who, me? Anyway, it's in the freezer. All three perfectly iced, perfectly straight, (mostly!) level, layers. It looks like a princess in there, all wrapped in clear cellophane wrap, among all those plain cardboard boxes. I can't wait to put it all together and put on those gum paste roses Emma labored over after school last winter.

 

Anthony arrives tomorrow night, to stay until the wedding. He's making arrangements for a cargo trailer to haul wedding gifts and all of Amanda's belongings back to Ohio. Also, a freezer full of meat, because Amanda can't stand the idea of store bought meat. Smile.

 

In farm news....well there isn't much because beyond the daily chores, it's just wedding, wedding, wedding. Jon was fretting about a day spent with wedding prep when he should be running water line for the dairy. I told him Amanda has spent a lot of Saturdays since she was 12 years old , working for the farm. He owes her big time. He agreed. smile.

 

The big news is that our raw milk license has arrived! And the jug company called and said they could deliver the 19th. Jon said sorry, there's a wedding that day, could they deliver them the following Monday, the 23rd? So, that makes the whole thing official. Starting the 23rd, there will be no more GrassPoint Dairy milk, unless we run a little short during May while we're getting our milk production in full swing. I hope our friendly customers will like Homestead Heritage's milk as well as they have GrassPoint Dairy's.

 

Must run. I hear the tractor coming. which means Jon will be in here in a moment asking for that newsletter I promised him!

 

Special this week:

Boneless chicken breast....$8.75/lb. Save a dollar a pound.

 

I actually get to go to market this week while Jon stays home to hook up the traveling kitchen to the "wedding barn," and supervise the tent and table rentals.

 

See you there!

Lucinda and all

@Homestead Heritage

 

 

Through the month of April we're still doing markets as usual. The new Binford market opens in May. We'll have the details soon.

 

 

Abundant Life Church: 9:00 to 12:00  (82nd street and Hague Rd)

Tractor Supply:           12:30 to 2:00 PM          (2375 East Pleasant St.)

 

 

 

 

Also, Just a reminder that since I work every Friday the orders need to be in by 7:00 Friday morning or I can't guarantee that I'll see it in time to get it in. Also, please let me know where you will pick up at. Thanks, Joyce

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Or Email Your Order To: homesteadheritage@gmail.com

 

 

 

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